When highway signs commemorating folk hero Ginger Goodwin disappear, director Neil Vokey's documentary "Goodwin's Way" finds the nearby town of Cumberland, B.C. at a crossroads in 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.