A giant black leopard whose entire personality was changed when he communicated with the amazing animal-whisperer Anna Breytenbach in The Foster Brothers’ latest film The Animal Communicator brought The Brothers’ work to the hearts, and minds, of a whole new audience around the world.
SENSE AFRICA is an overview of the past, and ongoing work of two of South Africa’s leading documentary filmmakers, The Foster Brothers. For two decades Craig and Damon Foster have been producing films that examine the relationship between humanity and nature, focussing particularly on the understanding of Africa’s indigenous heritage. Diviners, healers and hunters openly share their wisdom with the brothers, creating unique film experiences that give audiences an intense insight into the natural and cultural tapestries of the continent.
The opening night will see a presentation on Sunday 15 February at The Baxter Theatre, a unique opportunity to enjoy An Evening with The Foster Brothers featuring key note speaker Anna Breytenbach, the animal communicator, and will be followed by a panel discussion with Anna, Swati, Craig and Damon Foster and guests focusing on the interspecies communications central to so much of The Brothers’ work.
On Monday 16 February a special screening of The Animal Communicator will take place at The Labia Theatre, as well as a Q&A with Anna Breytenbach.
Screenings of all of The Foster Brothers’ feature-length documentary films, which have garnered 50 international awards between them, will follow. Most screenings will be followed by a Q&A and facilitated audience discussion involving the filmmakers, experts and members of their project teams. Films include favourites such as The Great Dance and Cosmic Africa, to films never screened in Cape Town such as Iceman (Lewis Pugh) and Sharkman.
The SENSE AFRICA programme will conclude on Sunday 22 February with a fascinating multi-media presentation by Craig and Damon Foster introducing The Brothers’ latest venture: The Sea-Change Project. The presentations offer a first opportunity to see some of the inspiring footage and images filmed in False Bay – a newly declared Hope Spot – which will form the basis of a new film and introduce The Sea-Change Foundation.
The full program includes 11 films with guest speakers and facilitated Q&As and will screen at The Labia throughout the week of 16 to 22 February. This is a collaborative project of Exploring Consciousness, While You Were Sleeping and The Labia Theatre.