My Octopus Teacher


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Fri, Apr 16 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Apr 17 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Mon, Apr 19 1:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Apr 20 4:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Release Year:2020
Run Time:85 minutes
Production Country:South Africa
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Pippa Ehrlich
James Reed


“My Octopus Teacher” is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Oscars.

Shot over eight years, with 3000 hours of footage, “My Octopus Teacher” documents a never-before-seen unique friendship and interaction between a human and an octopus.

After years spent filming some of the planet’s most dangerous animals, Craig Foster was burned out and depressed, his family relationships in turmoil. He decided to put a halt to his career to reconnect with his own roots — the magical underwater world of the kelp forest off the coast of his hometown, Cape Town, South Africa.

For nearly a decade, Craig went diving daily in the icy cold waters, ditching wetsuit and scuba rig in one of the most predator dense places on earth. The common octopus he met and tracked became first his subject, then his teacher, showing him things no human had ever witnessed.