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Falkland shines in new documentary by Kelowna filmmaker

The 30-minute film looks at the deep history of the unincorporated community

Located in the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, a community of almost 1,000 people is known to many as the home of the Falkland Stampede.

However, Kelowna-based filmmaker Alex Pavlovic wanted to explore more about quaint Falkland. Along with his directing partner, Ivan Gorbenko, the two recently released a nearly 30-minute documentary, aptly titled Falkland.

“I’ve been to Falkland many times before, going to Pillar Lake a lot,” Pavlovic told the Morning Star. “I proposed an idea to my Friend, Ivan (Gorbenko), and we decided to do a film on it.”

The Falkland Stampede is a significant revenue-generator for the community, and its steep history intrigued Pavlovic.

“Falkland doesn’t get a lot of government funding because it is an unincorporated community,” he said. “We spoke to quite a few people who explained the issues that plagued the area through COVID, and how safe the community is.”

The documentary touches on several areas, including the Gypsum Mine, which has been in operation, since 1926.

“People just love it so far,” said Pavlovic, in response to the reception his film is garnering. “We’ve been posting a little bit on Falkland Facebook groups and it’s been a lot of positive feedback. We want to see how far it goes, as it has already reached almost 1,000 views.”

The Falkland documentary is part one of hopefully many more of what Pavlovic has dubbed the Project REAL series, made to explore unique areas across the province.

“We want to visit different towns and find out the history behind them,” he said. “Traveling around B.C. and documenting their history is something we are very passionate about.”

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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