Town of Widows
Saturday, December 7 | 2:00pm-4:00pm
Nicknamed “The Electric City,” Peterborough, Ont., was home to a General Electric plant for over a century. The plant was the lifeblood of the community and took workers in like family. It held Christmas parties, New Years Eve parties and picnics for the community of workers. But over time, employees and their families noticed more and more GE workers dying from cancer. The first sign was the pattern in the local obituaries, which often mentioned donating to cancer charities. Looking back, the warning signs and symptoms were there. The nosebleeds and headaches, the red patches on their skin, the coughs that wouldn’t go away. But the workers had no idea, and even if they had a hunch, they had to make a living. Following widows and former workers over the course of three years, the documentary Town of Widows sees unassuming citizens transform into activists.