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Jacob, Selwyn J.

Works: 27 works in 107 publications in 2 languages and 1,435 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biographies  History  Short films  Interviews  Art  Ethnographic films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Internet videos 
Roles: Producer, Author, Director, Contributor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Selwyn J Jacob
Why thee wed?( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As controversy swirls around the issue of same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples in North America and abroad are speaking out for the right to marry. Filmed in British Columbia after the legalization of same-sex unions, this program introduces the victorious litigants, who share their views on marriage, religious and political opposition, child adoption, and, most of all, love. Interviews with their families, the lawyer who represented them, and gay rights activist Jane Rule-who takes issue with the institution of marriage-round out the program."--FMG on Demand website
Between the laughter (educational version)( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen O'Keefe takes to the stage at the comedy club, and soon the audience is pealing with laughter. But he can't hear their reaction to his stand-up routine. He was born deaf. Comedy is an unusual pursuit for someone who is hearing impaired - Stephen must work as hard on his pronunciation as he does on his material. 'Of course I talk funny ... I'm a comedian!' he jokes. Still, the lawyer-turned-comedian never shies away from a challenge. Capturing footage of Stephen in the comedy spotlight, at home and at work, Between the Laughter interweaves lively snapshots of a complex but extraordinary life. Since receiving a cochlear implant in his early twenties, Stephen is no longer completely deaf, but it's a struggle for him to adapt to the new sounds he hears. Through interviews with family, friends, his comedy coach, doctor and former teacher, the film explores Stephen's fierce determination to succeed. It also reveals some of the unexpected conflicts and pressures of everyday life, whether it's being unable to hear his wife on a morning jog or trying to follow conversations when more than one person speaks at once. This intimate portrait was shot over a period of nine months. Filmmaker Barbara K. Lee immerses viewers in the heart of the comedian's demanding life, observing him as he spends time with his young son, runs a business with his wife, prepares to move into a new home, and nurtures his blossoming comedy career. Many deaf people can find life to be isolating, but Stephen embraces the spotlight, choosing to stand out and entertain. This is an inspirational and humour-filled profile - from life in between comedy acts to the realities of being caught between a hearing world and a silent one
Java jive by David Ozier( Visual )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hot as hell, strong as sin, and black as the devil". However you take it--or even if you don't--coffee has a special status in society. Fast-paced and lively, Java Jive explores the vitality of cafe culture, the conditions of coffee production and the links between the two
Crazywater( Visual )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and French and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After years of struggle and shame, five First Nations Canadians are bravely telling their stories. Crazywater is an emotional and revealing exploration of substance abuse among First Nations people in Canada
Yuxweluptun : man of masks( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, an artist and a traditional Salish dancer, whose works reflect the history and the realities in First Nation communities. Through images of Yuxweluptun's artwork, the landscape, and interviews, this innovative film provides a glimpse into Salish culture, a view of contemporary First Nations' art making, and the politics of the artist
Warrior boyz( Visual )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To date, more than a hundred young men from the South Asian community have died in gang-related violence in Metro Vancouver. Gangs are a reality of urban life, yet behind the body count and headlines, a far different battle is being waged. Educators and parents are taking action against gang violence. [This documentary] takes an unflinching look at the root causes of gang violence, and offers real solutions and hard-fought hope for the future."--Container
Afrocubanismo!( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fascinating look at the influence of Afrocuban culture on contemporary music"--Container. Interviews and performances by Muñequitos de Matanzas and Chucho Valdés provide insight to the significance of Afro-Cuban music and dance forms from Rhumba to the sacred music of Santería
Writing the Land( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Musqueam people have lived for thousands of years in and around what is now the city of Vancouver. (The word Musqueam is an anglicized term describing "where the Muxqui [river grass] grows.") Director Kevin Lee Burton's new film Writing the Land meticulously combines film language with Hunkamenum words to recreate Musqueam elder Larry Grant's experience of rediscovering his language and cultural traditions. Fluid roaming camera movement captures the ever-changing nature of a modern city - the glass and steel towers cut against the sky, grass, trees and a sudden flash of birds in flight. In this mutable, multifaceted environment, the enduring power of language to shape perception and create memory is etched onto the wind and water. In Larry Grant's own words, "I am from Musqueam ... We have been here forever."
Obachan's Garden( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1923, Asayo Murkami left Hiroshima and settled in a fishing village in Steveston, B.C. In poignant interviews, Asayo, now 103 years old, recalls life in Japan, her arrival in Canada as a "picture bride", her determination to marry a man of her choice, the bombing of Hiroshima and the forced relocation of her family during World War II. Culminating in an emotional reunion with a long-lost daughter, this film is an intensely personal reflection of Japanese-Canadian history and a testament to one woman's incredible endurance and spirit
Jeni LeGon : living in a great big way( Visual )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jeni LeGon overcame barriers to become the first Black woman to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio. She subsequently appeared in over a dozen films, yet despite her talent, there were many hard lessons to be learned in a segregated Hollywood. This film showcases the path that Jeni forged for herself and the gift of inspiration that she gave a generation of dance students. The film includes interviews with the tap dancer Fayard Nicholas and archival footage of the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Fats Waller, Paul Robeson and Cab Calloway
Because we are girls( Visual )

2 editions published between 2019 and 2021 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years. After remaining silent for nearly two and a half decades, the sisters finally decide to come forward--not only to protect other young relatives, but to set an example for their daughters as well
This Land( Visual )

3 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and French and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In March 2007, seven Canadian and Inuit rangers and one female documentary filmaker set out to cover more than 2000 km of the harshest terrain on the planet. They confront blizzards, labyrinths of crushed sea ice and near-impasseable glaciers, with temperatures hovering around -60 degrees Celsius, to raise a flg on the northernmost tip of Canadian soil (a mere 412 km from the North Pole)
Our City Our Voices : Follow the Eagle and Slo-Pitch( Visual )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the summer of 2004, Aboriginal people from the Downtown Eastside got a chance to tell the stories of their community through their eyes. Expert training in video and storytelling gave students the tools to produce two short videos that resound vitality and strength of the Aoriginal community in the DOwntown Eastside -- Container
A Tribe of One( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and family history of Rhonda Larrabee, who grows up thinking she is fully Chinese, but then discovers she is half-native. Not only is she part of a forgotten First Nation in New Westminster, B.C. - the Qayqayt First Nation - she helps re-establish the band and becomes its Chief
Mighty Jerome( Visual )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of the rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, track and field star and one of Canada's greatest athletes. Gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage are used to tell the compelling story of what Jerome's coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called "the greatest comeback in track and field history.'"--Container
The journey of Lesra Martin( Visual )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lesra Martin became a hero when he helped to bring justice to wrongfully imprisoned American boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Delving into the intensely personal story beneath the fame, this film brings together intimate interviews with Lesra, his family and friends. Lesra reflects with humour and grace on the events that altered his life
Hue: A Matter of Colour by Tracey Friesen( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the ways in which assumptions and stereotypes about skin color affect the lives of people in societies around the world, within ethnic groups, and even within families. Filmaker Vic Sarin travels to Brazil, India, Jamaica, Tanzania, Canada, the Philippines, and South Africa to tell the stories of individuals and communities and to explore the historical roots of colorism
The ninth floor by Mina Shum( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It started quietly when a group of Caribbean students, strangers in a cold new land, began to suspect their professor of racism. It ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known. Over four decades later, Ninth Floor reopens the file on the infamous Sir George Williams Riot - a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation's history."--Publisher website
Carol's mirror by Cheryl Foggo( Visual )

6 editions published between 1991 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carol is interested in playing the lead in her school's annual play. The only problem is that the school puts on "Snow White" every year, and Carol is black. After much debate, Carol and her classmates find a solution
Letters from home( Visual )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This personal documentary chronicles the journey of Canadian filmmaker Colleen Leung as she delves into a startling family secret. Her grandfather, a Chinese immigrant who became a successful businessman and raised a large family on Vancouver Island, was also a husband and father to a second family in China. He supported his overseas wife and children his entire life but kept them a secret from his grandchildren in Canada. Shocked to discover the existence of this family of strangers, Leung travels to China to unravel an astonishing story. Through photos, letters and poignant memories of relatives on both sides of the ocean, she brings to light the economics, politics and circumstances that led to two wives living a continent apart. Against the historical backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution and Canada's Exclusion Act, Leung's extraordinary personal journey is also a rich exploration of heritage, family and the many meanings of home."--Provided by
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