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93rd Oscars Spotlight – MY OCTOPUS TEACHER | Washington Post Live



“My Octopus Teacher,” nominated this year for an Academy Award® in the category of best documentary feature, captures filmmaker and naturalist Craig Foster over the course of a year as he follows a wild common octopus in a South Africa kelp forest.

By tracking her movements daily, Foster develops a deeper understanding of the sea creature and her environment and relays the impact of this experience on his life.

Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday spoke with directors Pippa Ehrlich and Jim Reed.

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20 thoughts on “93rd Oscars Spotlight – MY OCTOPUS TEACHER | Washington Post Live
  1. The documentary is a beautiful piece of art but WHAT are we really watching? Craig Foster claims in the beginning he’s suffering depression, wants to take a break from making documentaries so he visits his boyhood home and as the kelp forest apparently renews his spirit, he begins filming so he can…make another documentary. Didn’t take long for his depression to dissolve. He stalks the octopus for months to gain her trust and when she risks her life to interact with this human and is targeted by a shark, Foster sanctimoniously declares he "doesn't want to interfere with nature" and
    instead of helping the octopus, he betrays his friendship pact as he watches and films her being attacked by the shark which ripped her arm off. What a hypocrite! He's already interfered with nature by stealthily gaining the animals trust then he does what humans are good at: betraying that trust. Foster is a self-centered man who exploits a sea animal who was no threat to him, yet his presence creates danger for the octopus. Don't be fooled by the tear-jerking aspects of the film, it's designed to tug at your heartstrings. But watch the movie again, this time with a critical eye and pay closer attention to Foster's actions and commentary. Whatever the octopus taught him, it wasn't
    self-sacrifice and respect. With a friend like Foster, no one needs enemies.

  2. Why did you disable comments on Kathleen Kennedy's video? I wanted to remark about how hypocritical she is – please turn the comments back on.

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