The film follows two friends who want to sail on the boat Selah II. The boat was named from the Hebrew word found in the Psalms likely meaning “pause for reflection.”
Mike and Joel are long-time friends from Calgary. After university, with little more than $30,000 in savings and a desire to see the world, they buy a 33' sailboat in San Francisco and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Their 14 month journey aboard Selah II forces them to adapt to life on a small boat in a very big ocean. They learn to live in community, to overcome a never-ending string of mechanical problems, and to endure the pain of surrendered dreams. But through it all, they experience some of the remotest locations on Earth, encounter beauty they never imagined, and build friendships to last a lifetime.
The film title reflects the changes in attitude through the journey. It plays off the boat name: Selah II and the name of their second dingy Selah 5 (or V in roman numerals) which sounds like the French saying “c'est la vie” when pronounced.
Selah vie is a feature length film, running for a total of 78 minutes.