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Goodwin's Way

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Sept 19 in Gibsons, Sept 22 in Sechelt. A feature documentary that explores a British Columbia town’s resistance to a coal-powered future 100 years after the killing of controversial local labour activist Ginger Goodwin.Canada, 2016, 60min.  Director/producer Neil Vokey.

 Goodwin's Way screening Mon Sept 19 at the Gibsons Heritage Playhouse, and Thurs Sept 22 in Sechelt at the SC Art Centre


Director Neil Vokey willl attend the Gibsons screening for discussion and Q&A following the film.


"GOODWIN’S WAY is a celebration of BC’s long history of working class activism. Q & A with Director Neil Vokey will follow the screening."

When highway signs commemorating folk hero Ginger Goodwin disappear, the documentary Goodwin’s Way finds the nearby Cumberland, B.C. at a crossroads with its history.

Goodwin, a rebellious labour activist, was slain by police under mysterious circumstances almost a century ago, yet his name still elicits wounds that date back to the town’s coal mining past.

Residents weave an oral tapestry of fact and myth - some remember Goodwin as a criminal, while many others admire the ideals of equality and self-determination he fought for. Those ideals have long been overshadowed by Cumberland’s dependency on a resource economy, which are chronicled from boom times to bust.

Now, as young families set their sights on building a sustainable generation, a new proposal for a coal mine threatens to make history repeat itself. Amidst an effort to oppose the project, residents young and old reconnect with Ginger Goodwin’s legacy - his ‘way’.

Goodwin’s Way straddles the dividing line between historical and current-event documentary genres to tell the story of a community fighting for autonomy over its past, and its future.

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Goodwin's Way Documentary - Trailer from Neil Vokey on Vimeo.


This event is sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Labour Council

Sunshine Coast Labour Council