The Road Taken

The Road Taken

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:45pm
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Selwyn Jacob | 
Canada |
 1996 | 
52 minutes

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada, DOXA is proud to present two films about labour and civil rights pioneers in Canada and the US. Please join us for a reception following the May 5 screening of this program.

The Road Taken (G)

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, black men from across Canada, US, Africa and the Caribbean worked as sleeping-car porters for Canada’s railway companies. As one of the few jobs available for people of colour at the time, the occupation was well-respected but also full of challenges. Set to a jazz score by Joe Sealy (whose father was also a porter), Selwyn Jacob interviews retired por-ters and their families to craft a vibrant portrait of these civil rights trailblazers. -MS

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the NFB's BC & Yukon Studio in 1997, and has gone on to produce almost 50 NFB films. Among his many credits are Crazywater, directed by the Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app for Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. His most recent credits include Mina Shum's Ninth Floor, a feature documentary about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF's 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films. Prior to joining the NFB, Jacob was an independent filmmaker who directed two award -winning NFB releases, Carol’s Mirror, and The Road Taken which won the Canada Award at the 1998 Gemini Awards.

Screening With
Rami Katz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
35 minutes