The story of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus is one of incredible courage and true grit – a vivid chronicle that celebrates the human spirit. This is the triumphant story of the original seventeen members of the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus who were forcibly transported to OST (Ostarbeiter) slave-labour camps in Germany in 1942 and survived World War II as a group. Their gift of music eventually carried them across the ocean to freedom to America in 1949. The Chorus thrives to this day upon the foundation these artists forged for future generations.
The film brings out the deepest roots of a rare and fragile musical tradition, celebrating the resiliency of a musical instrument known as the bandura, and a music culture that has survived centuries.It provides an educational, informative and compelling perspective – the personal stories inter cut with the collective history of the bandura throughout the ages. It illustrates the bandurist as bard, as seer, as spiritual emissary for the soul of the Ukrainian people, then and now, in Ukraine and beyond.