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The Octopus Teacher

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 8:00pm
  • Watch the movie on Netflix
  • Join us for a Virtual Online Panel Discussion at 8pm CST

Casket Cinema dives deep in March with the documentary, “The Octopus Teacher”. On March 4th at 8pm we will virtually discuss the film.

The documentary follows a year spent by filmmaker Craig Foster as he befriends a wild octopus in a South African ocean. The animal and man create an amazing friendship that goes to places we have never seen underwater. Foster describes the effect of this journey with the octopus as a life lesson on the temporality of life and our connection with nature.

Because of the pandemic, this will be a virtual screening. Pre-watch the film on the Netflix platform before we discuss the film at 8pm, March 4th, 2021. 


Use the link below to get the meeting info for our Zoom discussion call!

Discussion RSVP

Special Guest

Special Guests TBA!  If you would like to be one of our special guests, Contact Us!

Watch the Film on NetFlix

This movie is provided by NetFlix, so you'll need to watch it on their platform.  

A basic plan is $8.99 per month and you can cancel at anytime.    

Do Good in the World - The SeaChange Project

Over the past season we have operated Casket Cinema as a Zero-Sum game.  To foster good in the world, we encourage you - our audience - to make a donation to a worthy cause as part of our participation. 

This month our featured cause is the SeaChange Project, the people that brought us "My Octopus Teacher".  Visit their website online and make a donation.  This is totally voluntary, and any gift makes a difference.  Thank you for considering this. 



From Wikipedia:

The film shows how, in 2010, Foster began free-diving in a cold underwater kelp forest at a remote location in False Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa.[2][3] The location was near Simon's Town on the Cape Peninsula,[4] which is exposed to the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean.[5] He started to document his experiences and, in time, met a curious young octopus that captured his attention. He decided to keep visiting her den and tracking her movements every day for a year to win the animal’s trust. The two form a bond where she plays with Foster and allows him into her world to see how she sleeps, lives, and eats. In the film, Foster describes the impact on his life of his relationship with the octopus.