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World Poetry Celebrates Producer Selwyn Jacob & The Ninth Floor!

Celebrating Black History Month!

Reprinted from TAN, The Afro News, http://www.theafronews.com/

A must see film and special interview with Selwyn Jacob!

The Ninth Floor, a powerful film of race relations and history, produced by the well known Selwyn Jacob; written and directed by Mina Shum will be shown at the Vancity Theatre, www.viff.org/ February 15-16 at 6:30 pm. Please go see the film!

The Ninth Floor was voted as one of the Top Ten Canadian film and is now showing across Canada.

This 81-minute documentary Ninth Floor revisits the infamous 1969 Sir George Williams Riot at Montreal’s Concordia University, a watershed moment in Canadian race relations. More than four decades later, Shum takes us back to one of the most contested episodes in the nation’s history and listens as protagonists in Trinidad and Montreal set the record straight and lay their burden down. Ninth Floor is written and directed by Mina Shum, produced by Selwyn Jacob and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB’s Pacific and Yukon Centre in Vancouver.”

I was honoured to be able to interview Selwyn Jacob, the producer of the Ninth Floor, who has worked with the National Film Board since 1997 at their Pacific and Yukon Studio in Vancouver and whose mission has been to educate the public through film. The Ninth Floor is one such example.

During the interview with Mr. Jacob, several important points emerged:

The long term connection of the producer to the film, which in some ways has been parallel to his life; the need to portray a balanced and unbiased depiction of the events of the occupation, the ability to make the film now using a Canadian perspective and to get the support needed that he would not be able to get in the 1970’s to make the film.

In addition, the Ninth Floor shows how the participants and the descendents were affected after the event in during the 1969 Sir George Williams Riot. They are still carrying the burden of their experiences of the event. One other element raised in the film was that hateful words do great damage and remain in the mind, long after the event has passed.

In addition, Selwyn Jacob had the following suggestions on improving racial relations:

*Do not prejudge people based on dress or accent. * Be tolerant of others. * Be self reflective in your interactions. *Use the 9th Floor as a cautionary tale.

I would like to thank Selwyn Jacob for his wisdom and insights during the interview.

Mr. Jacob says: “I’ve wanted to make Ninth Floor ever since I became a filmmaker, some forty years ago. I’ve always felt a direct connection to the events at Sir George Williams. I, too, immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean in the late 1960s, and I could easily have ended up in Montreal alongside those students. And with the passage of time, I’ve come to realize how the story resonates for all Canadians.”  Selwyn Jacobs, Producer of the 9th Floor.

Selwyn Jacob has produced close to 50 NFB films such as Crazywater, directed by the Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, a co-production withSepia Films, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive project Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Released in 2010, Mighty Jerome addresses issues of race and nationalism while paying tribute to Harry Jerome.  One of the His recent credits include Ninth Floor, a feature documentary about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969. Written and directed by the acclaimed director Mina Shum, it’s a story that Jacob has wanted to bring to the screen for decades.

Sources: The National Film Board, the Afro News and the interview with Mr. Jacob.

World Poetry Celebrates Keith Garebian from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer, MA , Neall Ryon and super operator  Victor Schwartzman, welcomed the Poet on Tour, Keith Garebian in an information packed show of readings and insights into his writing. Also our second guest,  well known Wanda Rae Willis, actress and  singer  phoned in from LA. She will have a separate feature on site.

 

To HEAR THE SHOW CLICK HERE!

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Born in Bombay to an Armenian father (a survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915) and an Anglo-Indian mother, KEITH GAREBIAN immigrated to Canada with his family in 1961. After obtaining his Ph.D. from Queen’s, he began his professional career as freelance literary and theatre critic, and has in the course of this long career been published in over 100 newspapers, journals, magazines, and anthologies. He is the author of six poetry collections (Reservoir of Ancestors (Mosaic), Frida: Paint Me As A Volcano/Frida: Un Volcan de Souffrance (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac), Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica), and Georgia and Alfred (Quattro). He has also published fifteen books of non-fiction, including a memoir, Pain: Journeys Around My Parents, (of his parents), a political satire (Accidental Genius), and ground breaking works on classic Broadway musicals. His poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, such as Poet to Poet, Implicate Me, Tributaries, Seminal, Exile, The Malahat Review, Literary Review of Canada, Rampike, Quarry, The Antigonish Review, and Freefall.  He made the long list twice for the Re-Lit Award for poetry, the short lists for the Freefall magazine and Gwendolyn MacEwen-Exile Poetry Awards, and has won numerous awards, including the William Saroyan Medal (Armenia), the Naji Namaan Literary Honour Prize (Lebanon), three Mississauga Arts Awards (Established Literary), Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Awards, a Dan Sullivan Memorial Poetry Award, a William H. Drummond Poetry Award, and the Surrey International Writers Poetry Award. He has also won numerous writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council, and a senior arts grant from the Canada Council to complete a theatre biography of William Hutt. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, and posts reviews of the arts on his website, www.stageandpage.com, where readers can peruse his C.V.

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  Co-host Laura Kelsey presenting a World Poetry Certificate of appreciation to Keith.

Welcome ! World Poetry Canada International Advisors and Directors.

 

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World Poetry Canada International Proudly Presents our Advisors and Directors for 2015 and 2016.

They will be participating in the World Poetry 24 hour world wide Peaceathon on September 21st, World Peace Day and  hopefully the upcoming  fifth World Poetry Canada International Peace and Human Rights Film Festival  in 2016.

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Poster by  director Ceri. Please send your participation request and  ideas to astarte_sita@yahoo.com

Coming soon: more information  on the Peaceathon and how you can join in to form a solid circle of  peace and light around the world.

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Advisors:

 Dr. Hadda  Sendoo,  Mongolia.  Yoshifumi Sakura,  Japan. Dr.  Stephen Gill,  India  and  Canada. Elaine  Woo, Canada. Wanda Kehewin , First Nations, Canada. Mamta Agarwal, India. Adisa AJA Andwele, Barbados and US. Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido, Canada.

Directors:

Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan and US. Kwame Yirenkyi, Ghana and Canada. Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah. Ghana. Sharif Saedi, Afghanistan. Oswald Okaitei , Ghana. Olajuwon Timileyin, Nigeria. Mutiu Olawuyi, Gambia. Musa Musavi, Afghanistan , Caroline C. Nazareno, Philippines. Anita Aguirre Nieveras,  Philippines and Canada.

Film directors and youth directors will be posted soon.
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 Photo display by director Musa Musavi, at UBC, festival 2014.