A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
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Craig Foster ... Self - Host & Founder of Sea Change Project
Tom Foster Tom Foster ... Self - Son of Craig Foster
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After years of swimming every day in the freezing ocean at the tip of Africa, Craig Foster meets an unlikely teacher a young octopus who displays remarkable curiosity. Visiting her den and tracking her movements for months on end he eventually wins the animal's trust and they develop a never before seen bond between human and wild animal. Written by yusufpiskin

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Shooting this documentary took place right in Foster's backyard of False Bay, along the Cape Town coastline in South Africa. See more »

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Craig Foster: A lot of people say an octopus is like an alien. But the strange thing is, as you get closer to them, you realize that we're very similar in a lot of ways.
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References The Great Dance: A Hunter's Story (2000) See more »

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You are part of it, not just a visitor
7 September 2020 | by johnfrederickdavidsonSee all my reviews

This is the second documentary I have watched on the Octopus, but this one is more personal. We don't get to know the context except that human protagonist has gone through a period of crisis and goes back to one of his childhood occupations--underwater exploration. He doesn't set out to study the octopus, but is surprised by one in particular and in over a period of several days earns its trust. He learns something everyday right up to the end (and beyond). My title comes from the protagonist, Craig Foster who originally saw himself as visitor, but came to realize we all are part of nature. Beautiful and I mean beautiful cinematography and moodily appropriate music.


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South Africa

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English

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7 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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