Fogo is a windswept island off the coast of Newfoundland where the inhabitants for generations have lived by, on and from the sea. In this film William Wells, fisherman, and his two sons take a day off from the nets for a journey to the gannet colony on the Funk Islands, fifty miles farther out to sea. There are exceptional close-up views of enormous flocks of seabirds swarming on the cliffs and in the sky. [From NFB website]
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award (Best Short Film), 1971
This and its companion film, A Memo from Fogo (1972) have been celebrated for advancing the use of film as a social instrument. They were produced as part of the Challenge for Change/Société nouvelle program at Memorial University in Newfoundland in which a film depicting the people and problems of a community would be shown to that community to facilitate constructive criticism about the film and the issues it depicted.