Draft dodgers of Lund, B.C. subject of upcoming documentary

An upcoming documentary by filmmakers Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell explores how the Sunshine Coast community of Lund, B.C. became an accidental Utopia for Vietnam draft dodgers in the late 1960s.

Filmmaker Tai Uhlmann wanted to document stories of Vietnam draft dodgers who fled to Lund, B.C.

The upcoming documentary The End of the Road tells the stories of draft dodgers who moved to Lund in the 1960s. (The End of the Road)

The upcoming documentary The End of the Road by filmmakers Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell explores how the Sunshine Coast community of Lund, B.C. became an accidental Utopia for draft dodgers in the late 1960s.

"I grew up as a hippie kid in Lund," Uhlmann told On The Island's Gregor Craigie.

"When I would tell people about growing up with an outhouse and no electricity or running water, that my parents did more drugs than I did, I realized that my childhood was not the norm."

On mobile? Click here to watch the trailer for The End of the Road.

She said she realized many of the people who moved to Lund in the 1960s are now getting older, and she wanted to document their stories sooner rather than later. 

"People were looking for a safe and neutral haven. They wanted to reject convention and go back to the land," she said.

"Lund overall was a really welcoming place for the outcasts of society and continues to be today."

The trailer for the film will be screened at the Powell River Film Festival this week.

The film itself is still in production, and Uhlmann hopes it will be released in the winter.

To hear the full interview with filmmaker Tai Uhlmann, click the audio labelled: Documentary chronicles history of Lund.

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