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|Laborfest: Films: Goodwin’s Way, They Live|
|Date||Saturday July 30|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:30 PM|
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ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Next to baseball stadium. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows:
T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station;
30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to Second Street;
47 bus which starts at North Point at Fisherman’s Wharf, travels on Van Ness, 11th St, Bryant and ends at Cal Train Station at 4th and Townsend, then walk on Townsend 2 blocks to Second Street;
10 bus which runs from 24th and Potrero, on Rhode Island to 26th St, on Cesar Chavez St to Dakota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, DeHaro, Rhode Island at 16th St, on Townsend to Second Street.
Goodwin’s Way (55 min.) (2016) (Canada) Directed by: Neil Vokey
The interconnection between working class history and our struggles today are the focus of this interesting documentary from British Colombia.
Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin was a militant unionist and internationalist who emigrated from England to B.C. Canada. He became a union activist fighting to organize and defend the miners of Cumberland, whose union worked massive mines and led the fight for an 8-hour day in the middle of the First World War. He was also an organizer of the bitter 1912-14 Vancouver Island Coal Miners’ Strike and became a leader of the BC’s early labor movement.
Because of his activism and leadership he was murdered by the police under suspicious circumstances. Vancouver workers, in protest of his murder, voted to ‘down tools’ and the result was the first general strike in Canadian history, and out of it, a folk hero was born.
Today the mine owners want to develop another underground mine and the community is rising up against more coalmines. The film connects the struggle of Goodwin with the present efforts to stop the development of a new underground mine, which will further harm the environment and the community.
The history of Goodwin and his struggle for labor and community rights is directly connected to the struggle of workers and the people today.
They Live(94 min.) (1988) (USA) Directed by: John Carpenter
The madness of capitalism is the focus of this science fiction horror film made in the ‘80s. A pair of sunglasses are discovered by a semi-homeless day laborer named Nada (Spanish for “nothing”) that allow him to identify the extraterrestrials who have infiltrated the Earth’s populace. You can see the culprits and aliens behind this growing madness, and some try to end the nightmare. As working people look at the growing economic crisis, brutality of the system and a dystopian world, some rise up and seek to end the nightmare. With these sunglasses they are able to fightback against this nightmare. This ‘80s cult classic is more relevant to the lives of working people today than when it was made.
Nominated: Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 1990 Saturn Award, Best Science Fiction Film. Best Music: John Carpenter, Alan Holwarth
Nominated: Fantasporto 1989 International Fantasy Film Award. Best Film: John Carpenter