Social Issues and the Economy

National Film Board documentaries reflect upon incidents from Canada’s past and show political history as it happens.


The Back-breaking Leaf

The Back-breaking Leaf 1

Billy Crane Moves Away

Billy Crane Moves Away 1

Billy Crane Moves Away 2

Camera On Labour no. 4

Camera On Labour no. 4 1

Citizen Discussions

Citizen Discussions 1

Home Front

Home Front 1

Home Front 2

Newfoundland Sentinel of the Atlantic

Newfoundland Sentinel of the Atlantic 1

Strike in Town

Strike in Town 1

Billy Crane Moves Away

1967, Director: Colin Low

      0 min 58 s


Questions 1. This film was part of a series that director Colin Low filmed at Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Later, some of the films were shown to government officials, who responded with legislation helping fishery workers (see Citizen Discussions). How does the use of documentary to actually make social changes fit into the political climate of the late 1960s? Are there similar examples today?

About This Film

Short Description

The people of Fogo Island, Newfoundland, voice their daily concerns and thoughts about the future. Fisherman Billy Crane tells why he is being forced to leave the island to seek employment.

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