Jewel of the Pacific (2019)

A long-term resident of Pacific Beach explores the gradual gentrification of his once sleepy neighborhood in San Diego, California.


Eladio Arvelo




Cast overview:
Shareef Haq Shareef Haq ... Self - Host
Jake Fields Jake Fields ... Self - Chief Executive Officer
Eddie Okino Eddie Okino ... Self - Restaurant Owner
Elise 'Maddox' Thullen Elise 'Maddox' Thullen ... Self - Studio Owner
Javier Gonzalez Javier Gonzalez ... Self - Restaurant Owner
Andrew Pasaretti Andrew Pasaretti ... Self - Rental Property Owner
Julie Haq Julie Haq ... Self - Human Resources Professional
Chez Elliott Chez Elliott ... Self - Farmers Market Vendor
Jason Froelich Jason Froelich ... Self - Farmers Market Vendor
Ray Agishi Ray Agishi ... Self - Restaurant Owner


"Jewel of the Pacific" is a short documentary film featuring Shareef Haq, a long-term resident of Pacific Beach, as he explores the gradual gentrification of his once sleepy neighborhood in San Diego, California. Throughout the film, Shareef learns from a diverse group of Pacific Beach residents how the neighborhood has changed from attracting surfers and college students to attracting a demographic of entrepreneurs and work professionals who bring along better restaurants, better bars, better fitness options, and even their own farmers market. Will the beach culture of the local community survive as the cost of living starts going up, pushing out original residents? Written by Eladio Arvelo

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A story on gentrification in the heart of San Diego, California: Pacific Beach.


Documentary | Short

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I loved it
8 June 2020 | by luis-morinSee all my reviews

With this short documentary I feel like I know PB already. I think I got a good grasp of the current state of things there (good ones and less good ones). It is an amazing place where I am sure I'd enjoy its different activities it offers.

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Release Date:

11 April 2019 (USA) See more »


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$8,000 (estimated)
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Eclectic Aspirations See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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