Fogo Island is a small island, off a larger island, off the coast of Canada’s Newfoundland.
Todd Saunders grew up there, as did Zita Cobb.
Saunders is an architect who now lives in Norway. Cobb found success in her professional life, and wanted to benefit the people, community, and Island of Fogo.
The island’s economy was based upon fish. Like many seas around our Earth, the sea around Fogo Island lost its fish. The community was disappearing.
In just 54 minutes, Strange & Familiar tells the story of the saving of Fogo Island. Cobb came up with a plan, shared it with the people. She contracted Saunders to design artist’s homes as well as the Fogo Island Inn. Saunders’ work was lauded internationally—and Fogo Island became an internationally-renown destination.
Filmmakers Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight have created a thoroughly delightful, visually thrilling film. I was particularly delighted at story’s end to discover these are the same two filmmakers who produced the equally-delightful Spring and Arnaud.
Strange & Familiar is a First Run Features release.