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Photo Friday | Young, Wild and Free: Hanging Out With Fogo’s Children

Photo Friday | Young, Wild and Free: Hanging Out With Fogo’s Children

Photo Friday | Young, Wild and Free: Hanging Out With Fogo’s Children

Fogo is an island that lies off the northeast coast of Newfoundland, in the Atlantic Ocean. Though only about 25 km long and 14 km wide, the island has always fascinated anyone brave and determined enough to set foot there… or blessed enough to have entered the world there.

The NFB’s own Colin Low (1926-2016) was one of those souls fascinated by Fogo. There, in the late 1960s, he put in place a visionary method that used film and video to incite social change. In total, 27 films were created on the island. (See an interview with Colin Low about the Fogo Process here.)

The sweetest and most accessible of these is perhaps Children of Fogo Island, a short poetic doc that follows the island children’s in their games and shows their great freedom and imagination.

Under 20 minutes in length, this brilliant ode to childhood gives us an inkling of what it is that keeps people so deeply attached to their communities – however isolated.

A hint: it’s about roots.











Colin Low: the man, the legend.

27 avril 2007

The official poster.

The Children of Fogo Island, Colin Low, provided by the National Film Board of Canada


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  1. It’s my home and will always be so even though I left the Island when I was 15 years old. My Mom still lives there and I go back to visit her 4 times a year. I can still remember all the good times in Joe Batt’s Arm.

    — Madonna Decker,
  2. I Was born in Cape. Never lived there for long. Love visiting. The house I was born in was floated from Cape to Tilting. Slept there with my mom (Mary Broaders). Née Cluett years later and she told me the story about the room I was born in. Talk about going back to your roots. Loved it. Love hearing stories about the island from my Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

    — Donna Elliott (Madonna Broaders),

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