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My Octopus Teacher - Film suggestion

'My Octopus Teacher' is about nature documentary filmmaker, naturalist, and founder of Sea Change Project, Craig Foster, and his unlikely friendship with a Common Octopus.


Craig Foster forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world. My Octopus Teacher was filmed along the shores of False Bay, much of which falls within the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, proclaimed in 2004 and managed by South African National Parks (SANParks)


"Craig Foster, suffering from a loss of purpose, begins a daily diving regimen in the freezing kelp forests at the tip of Africa in order to re-energize himself. What he discovers below the water’s surface is a totally alien motivation in the form of an unusually curious octopus. This beautiful record of an animal’s entire life—something seldom achieved in the wild, let alone underwater—was shot over a full year and explores the habits and personality of a strange, undulating creature that most of us have only ever eaten.


Beyond intelligent, dextrous and resilient, the cephalopod shares her secret world with Foster as they develop a touching bond. The underwater encounters are literally breathtaking as Foster holds his breath while interacting with the octopus. An immersive portrait of human–animal understanding, brimming with danger, drama and devastating emotion, My Octopus Teacher grabs you with all eight arms and changes its camouflage—showing you colours and textures you’ve never seen before." Angie Driscoll, Hot Docs Film Fest


I really enjoyed stepping into another world and watching this film; and particularly watching the relationship develop between them...;definitely a lesson in patience as well as discovery!


My Octopus Teacher | Official Trailer | Netflix





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