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The Strongest Man in the World DVD


The Strongest Man in the World
a short film by Halya Kuckmij
29:00 | Documentary | shot on 16 mm | Colour | film released in January 1980
Comes with an 8 page booklet with photos and essay on the making of the film by Halya!

This film tells the bittersweet story of strongman and magician Mike Swistun who, for thirty days in 1923, was the strongman with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Born in Olha, Manitoba, Swistun was a Ukrainian farm boy, who, for a short moment in time, achieved fame and fortune only to lose it. Narrated by the Ukrainian Hollywood actor Jack Palance, this film won the prestigious Genie Award.

View a clip of the film! 

crew shot - strongest man

Photo L to R – Roman Buchok, Bob Lower, Mike Swistun,
Elise Swerhone, Halya Kuchmij, Allan Kroeker. (1978)

Halya Kuchmij has worked in film and television as a producer/director for thirty five years, initially as an independent filmmaker and then with the National Film Board of Canada and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has filmed in the Canadian Arctic, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Germany, Cuba, France and all through out Canada and the United States. Her films have won over thirty national and international awards.


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Weight 140 g

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