My Octopus Teacher

Documentary Emmy nominee Craig Foster forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning and growing as the beautiful animal shares the mysteries of her world. Foster did the underwater photography use throughout the film as he bonded with the life-altering octopus.

My Octopus Teacher takes viewers into a world few humans have ever seen. In 2010, debilitated by health issues, Foster changed his life when he began free-diving in the freezing underwater forests of South Africa. As the icy water begins helping to re-energize him, Foster films his experiences with a curious young octopus. By visiting her daily, he soon gains the animal’s trust and they develop an unlikely and beautiful relationship, all recorded in this film.

As the octopus shares the secrets of her world with Foster, and you, the viewer, the beauty and drama of the wild creature’s life unfold before your eyes, as does Foster’s transformation.

Cast

Craig Foster
Octopus

Directed by

Pippa Ehrlich
James Reed

Watch on

Netflix

Release Date

September 7, 2020

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Editor’s Note:

This was a truly beautiful movie, both because of the underwater photography/filming and because of the story that unfolds. It makes you see how smart and special octopus truly are--an animal we don't often get to see in this detail. Definitely recommend you watch this asap!

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