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Set in the coldest waters surrounding Newfoundland’s rugged Fogo Island, this short film follows a group of “people of the fish”—traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, one at a time, by hook and line. Filmmaker Justin Simms takes viewers deep inside the world of these brave fishermen. Travel with them from the early morning hours, spend time on the ocean, and witness the intricacies of a 500-year-old tradition that’s making a comeback.

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Hand.Line.Cod, Justin Simms, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • writer
    Justin Simms
  • director
    Justin Simms
  • director of photography
    Andrew MacCormack
  • editor
    Justin Simms
    Andrew MacCormack
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • original music
    Ian Foster
  • sound design
    Catherine Van Der Donckt
  • cinematographer
    A A Scott McClellan
  • additional camera
    Nigel Markham
    Justin Simms
  • drone operator
    Michael Frere
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • accordion
    Aaron Collis
  • facility technician
    Bern Hammond
  • online editor
    Steve Cook
  • colourist
    Steve Cook
  • production assistant
    Penny Cofield
  • assistant editor
    Chris MacIntosh
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • post-production assistant
    Mylène Augustin
  • transcriptionist
    Willow Kean
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
  • senior production coordinator
    Kelly Davis
  • legal counsel
    Dominique Aubry
  • studio administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

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