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Tony Jonick, Filmmaker

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In the 1800s immigrants gave up everything to come to America, escaping starvation and persecution. In the 2010, I discovered a cassette telling the story of how my Mother’s Grandmama came to the U.S. as a young girl. I had the tape translated from Ghesmashkikcili and discovered the bravery and wit of my great-grandmother. She had to strike an unusual bargain to win freedom for her family, and her courage astonished me. While the tiny country of Ghesmashkik is completely forgotten today, I knew I had to preserve her story. Using photos from the family archives, I tried to capture the spirit and irreverence of  a woman I never met, but an proud to be descended from.
—Tony Jonick

 

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