Joe

Jill Haras
2002 | 8 min
This animated short tells the story of Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, one of Vancouver's most beloved citizens. Born in the West Indies, Joe Fortes swam in English Bay for over than 30 years. A self-appointed lifeguard at first, he became so famous that the city of Vancouver finally rewarded him with a salary for doing what he loved best. He taught thousands of people to swim and saved over a hundred lives. Yet there were some who did not respect him because of his skin colour. Through his determination, kindness and love for children, Joe helped shift attitudes.

Awards and distinctions

  • Bronze Plaque Award - Category: Social Issues
    International Film and Video Festival, Columbus
    2003
  • Leo Award for Best Overall Sound in an Animation
    Leo Award, Vancouver
    2003