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FALL 2012,  DVD RELEASE

 FILM TELLS STORY OF BC LABOUR

Reasons dvd front cover

These were the reasons...” - stories of union organizing in British Columbia,  Is a new film about the struggle to win basic union rights in BC. The stories in the film are all first-hand accounts of history, from those who were actually there – taking part, in more than a century of union activism.

 

LEARNING FROM THE PAST

This film is about unions and society, then and now:

  • Making history ‘come alive’ through unique first-hand stories.
  • Answering  the question: Why have a union?
  • Linking early struggles with today’s issues.
  • Learning about unions and the history of social change.
  • Challenging the myth that unions have become irrelevant in our society.

 

A LIVING HISTORY

The stories featured in this film,  open a window into history which is little seen, except by those who were actually there, to live it. The earliest stories were recorded almost forty years ago, and most of the workers, trade unionists, and social activists interviewed, are now no longer alive. Through this film, their stories live on.
 
“ These were the reasons the union became such a vital issue…  Before, they were treated like damn cattle …after, a better life began to appear.”    
 – Al Parkin, BC lumber worker,  from the film  “ These were the reasons…”
 
DVD CHAPTER MENU

To help use this film in education programs, the dvd features an interactive chapter menu.

      Introduction –
1.   Early stories – Working without a union
2.   The Big Strike – Vancouver Island 1912-1914
3.   Story of Ginger Goodwin – A workers friend
4.   Police & Picket lines
5.   Unemployed Get a Union – Stories from the relief camps
6.   BC Lumber Workers’ Story
7.   Fighting for Equity
a.   The ‘30s;  b. The War years;  c. A Shore workers’ story.
8.   Taking on Government
a.   Wage Controls;  b. The Health workers’ story;
c.   The Teachers’ story.
9.   Union & Community – Peace and Solidarity
10. The Struggle Continues
      Film Credits

 

You can place an order for this dvd  here.