At the annual awards gala for the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA), on June 26, Marcus Kolga received an award for producing and directing a television documentary film, "Sinking The Gustloff: A Tragedy Exiled From Memory". This is his second CEMA television award. Kolga’s documentary, "Gulag 113," about his grandfather's escape from a Siberian prison camp during WW II, was also honoured with an achievement plaque by the association
"Gustloff" is a documentary about the largest maritime disaster in history. It happened during the waning days of WW II when some 10,000 persons, 9,000 of them civilians, most of them children, perished when the ship was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine while the vessel was transporting refugees and wounded who were escaping from the Soviets.
CEMA, which was founded in 1978 as an inclusive organization for print, radio and television media now includes internet categories. CEMA publishes a website at www.canadianethnicmedia.com/
The film was fully financed by OMNI Television.
CEMA honours Marcus Kolga for “Gustloff” (2)