The Film

The Octopus Teacher marks Craig Foster’s return to filmmaking after 7 years dedicated to immersing himself in deep nature and learning the secrets of the kelp forest – a marine wilderness that fringes the city of Cape Town. This feature documentary is the story of his relationship with the Superstar – an eight-legged, underwater magician who teaches him the oldest language on earth – the ability to track in nature. Craig spent years in the Kalahari learning to track from San Bushmen masters without success. He grew increasingly despondent about his inability to truly connect to the wild and fell into despair and depression. This is his personal story of recovery and renewal through rediscovering the power of deep nature and the true nature of humanity.
Craig’s story is told through multiple lenses, including biological science, indigenous wisdom and new political philosophy. He has been filming this project for over five years and The Octopus Teacher showcases the kelp forest with a level of intimacy and sophistication that has never been seen before and follows an individual animal (the Superstar) for the duration of its life – something that has seldom been achieved in the wild, let alone underwater.

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