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Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, born in the West Indies, became one of Vancouver's most beloved citizens. Using a colourful blend of music, poetry, cut-outs and computer animation this film celebrates Joe's life.

For more than thirty years, Joe Fortes swam in English Bay every Wednesday afternoon. He was a self-appointed lifeguard, taught thousands of kids to swim and saved over a hundred lives. In the beginning he wasn't paid for his work at the beach, but his exploits became so famous that the city of Vancouver finally rewarded him with a cottage and a small salary for doing what he loved best. Yet there were people who did not respect him because of his skin colour. Through his determination, kindness and love for children, Joe changed attitudes.

This bright and lively animated film brings to life a remarkable person and introduces a whole new generation of children to a hero who was part of the early history of Vancouver.

2002, 08 min 51 s

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Bronze Plaque Award - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
November 1 2003, Columbus - USA

Leo Award for Best Overall Sound in an Animation
Leo Awards
May 9 to 10 2003, Vancouver - Canada