South African documentary ‘My Octopus Teacher’ nominated for an Oscar

My Octopus Teacher

The critically acclaimed South African documentary, My Octopus Teacher has made it to the final list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards as is one of four nominees in the Documentary Feature category.

The Oscar Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday 25 April. The film follows Craig Foster, “a filmmaker who forged an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a Western Cape kelp forest. Foster followed the sea creature for most of her life – something that has seldom been achieved in the wild, let alone underwater.

In 2010, debilitated by adrenal fatigue, Craig began freediving in a freezing underwater forest at the tip of Africa. As the icy water re-energised him, he started to film his experiences and in time, a curious young octopus captured his attention. By visiting her den and tracking her movements every day for months, he won the animal’s trust and they developed an unlikely relationship.

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As the little octopus shared the secrets of her world, Craig became witness to the beauty and drama of a wild creature’s life and in the process, underwent an incredible mental and physical transformation.” – Sea Change Project

My Octopus Teacher, which took ten years to make, is produced by Craig Foster and Directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed. The team also includes acclaimed underwater cameraman Roger Horrocks (BBC Blue Planet II), South African colourist, Kyle Stroebel and is executive produced by Ellen Windemuth.

Watch the trailer below and watch My Octopus Teacher on Netflix

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