‘My Octopus Teacher’ bags top tve global sustainability film award

NEW DELHI: Documentary “My Octopus Teacher”, which reinforces the importance of staying in touch with nature, has won the founder’s prize at the ninth tve Global Sustainability Film Awards.
The film, directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, vividly relates the bonding and the experiences that filmmaker and diver Craig Foster had in the one year he spent in swimming in the company of an octopus.
This year, Difficult Dialogues, an international forum that discusses pressing issues of worldwide importance each year, partnered with tve Global Sustainability Film Awards for a five-day summit from November 16 that included dialogues, debates and movies and focused on sustainability.
The tve GSFA Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen is a nominated category award and was instituted by Surina Narula in 2017.
It is awarded annually to a feature film that best tackles sustainability issues in a new and innovative way. Films are judged on the quality of their storytelling, the creativity of its approach, and the credibility of its sustainability message.
“My Octopus Teacher” is a Netflix Original documentary which released worldwide in September.
It evocatively captures the daily experiences of free diver Foster off the coast of South Africa and his observation of an octopus in her natural habitat and her ability to battle predators and adapt to her environment.
Receiving the award, Reed said making the film was “one of the most enjoyable experiences of all our careers”. (AGENCIES)