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Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary Free Movie Series

February 18, 3:30pm5pm.
Free

Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is excited to kick off their very first FREE movie series at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown with the Oscar winning documentary – MY OCTUPUS TEACHER! A great cinematic experience for adults and/or families interested in animals, human-animal connection, the natural world, or ocean exploration. Rated G – recommended for ages 8 + (movie length 1 hour & 25 minutes).

Documentary-maker Craig Foster doesn’t list the troubles that drove him from his beloved filmmaking to recharge on the South African coast of his childhood, but he describes himself as unfit to be near his son during this period. In this unbalanced state, he starts diving alone in the chilly waters of the kelp forest to relax and escape, and soon spots the title’s MY OCTOPUS TEACHER. The eight-armed, liquid creature is a plucky and resourceful predator, a master of disguise, and supremely self-reliant. In his daily dives, Foster’s patience and doggedness with the octopus is rewarded. She seems to accept him as a benign seafarer and crawls up his hand cautiously. Eventually she sits on his chests and lets him pet her. Over the course of a year of daily diving, though he feels protective, he refrains from interfering in her and the other animals’ lives. This is especially difficult when the octopus is dramatically chased by a shark. She survives but loses an arm in the process. Weak and pale after, she eventually recovers fully, sporting a new appendage. Foster reports that as he obsesses over the octopus and her dramas, he feels himself caring more, not just for his new friend but for his son, who joins him on some dives, and for other people as well. The movie’s epigraph notes that the experience of sharing his life with the octopus inspired him to start a group of divers dedicated to preserving the kelp forest.