Announcing the World Premieres of the Max Fraser Film Bond of Strangers – The Operation Husky Story and the Book Launch of Mark Zuehlke’s book - Through Blood and Sweat, A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War Two Battlegrounds"
Join filmmaker Max Fraser, author Mark Zuehlke and special guests this fall to honour Canadian veterans of WW2 and help reclaim lost history.
Both the film and the book deal with Operation Husky, the 1943 invasion of Sicily, and the emotional 70th anniversary pilgrimage that took place in July 2013. The Seaforths were heavily involved in this WW2 campaign and in the 70th anniversary events in Sicily.
Filmmaker Fraser is the son of a WW2 veteran of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment who served in Sicily and Italy, a largely-forgotten campaign where Canadian soldiers waged their first major battles, earning a formidable reputation. Fraser's new one-hour documentary is called "Bond of Strangers - The Operation Husky Story." It's the emotional story of ten Canadians who literally went the distance for remembrance, walking 300km over 20 days in Sicily in 2013 on the 70th anniversary of the invasion. They form a special bond through their journey together, and with the local people whose memories of that dark time run deep.
Author Mark Zuehlke recently was honoured by the Governor General with the Pierre Berton Award for popular history for his Canadian Battle Series. He is one of the ten marchers in OpHusky2013 and his new book is based on that gruelling experience. "Through Blood and Sweat, A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War Two Battlegrounds" is a contemplative look at the culture of remembrance and the experience of war.
DVDs and books will be available for sale following the events.
Click the following for a preview of the film: https://vimeo.com/140252405
Sunday Nov 8 – Belleville, ON
In association with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment
2pm - Empire Theatre
Monday Nov 9 – Toronto, ON
6:30pm - Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Tuesday Nov 10 – Montreal, QUE
In association with Canada Company Quebec & OpHusky2013
7 pm - CineStarz Cote-des-Neiges
Tuesday Oct 27 – Whitehorse, Yukon
730 pm Yukon Arts Centre
Sunday Nov 1 – Vancouver, B.C.
In association with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
2 pm - Goldcorp Centre for the Arts - Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
Saturday Nov 7 – Kingston, ON
In association with the Princess of Wales Own Regiment
11 am - Landmark Cinema