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Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island

Director - Marcia Connelly & Katherine Knight
Run Time - 54 minutes
Languages - English
Format - DVD / Digital Streaming
Year - 2014
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Architecture, Art, Biographies/Profiles, Design, Environmental Studies, Labor Studies

Institutional DVD Price: $295

In a rapidly urbanized world, what does the future hold for traditional rural societies? As Fogo Island, a small community off the coast of Newfoundland, struggles to sustain its unique way of life in the face of a collapse of its cod fishing industry, architect Todd Saunders and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb's vision for positive change results in the envisioning, designing and building of strikingly original architecture that will become a catalyst for social change.

Experience this staggeringly beautiful place and how the community and local workers, together with Saunders and Cobb, come together and play a role in this creative process during a time of optimism and uncertain hope. Change is coming to Fogo Island. [Architecture & Design Film Festival]

"Examines how the architecture acknowledges the cultural traditions which inspire it, while maintaining a captivating sense of the unfamiliar. Photographed over the course of four seasons, it offers a portrait of an island and its people which tackles the juxtaposition between old and new and the complexities of building in a place far removed from the relative convenience of mainland Canada." - Architecture Daily

"Captures a bold architecture project that embraces the excitement of living on the edge, both in relation to nature and to contemporary design. A beautifully shot film that captures the stunning landscape and extraordinary architecture." - Architecture & Design Film Festival