Sense Africa: Celebrating the Films of The Foster Brothers

15 – 22 February 2015

The Baxter Theatre & The Labia Theatre, Cape Town

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.

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For two decades Craig and Damon Foster have been producing films that examine the relationship between humanity and nature, focusing 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 SENSE AFRICA presentation on Sunday 15 February at The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town will be a unique opportunity to enjoy An Evening with The Foster Brothers, featuring key note speaker Anna Breytenbach, the animal communicator, followed by a panel discussion with Anna, Craig, Damon and Swati Foster and their guests, focusing on the interspecies communications central to so much of the brothers work.

SENSE AFRICA continues on Monday 16 February with a special screening of The Animal Communicator at The Labia Theatre, followed by a Q&A with Anna Breytenbach.

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SENSE AFRICA will include screenings of all of The Foster Brothers’ feature-length documentary films, which have garnered 50 international awards between them. Most screenings will be followed by a Q&A and facilitated audience discussion involving the filmmakers, experts and members of their project teams.

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Films include favourites such as The Great Dance and Cosmic Africa along with documentaries never screened in Cape Town, like Iceman (about 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 their 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 SENSE AFRICA program includes 11 films with guest speakers and facilitated Q&As and will screen at The Labia Theatre throughout the week of 16  to 22 February. Please check  The Labia program, www.whileyouweresleeping-sa.com or www.exploringconsciousness.org.za for screening times closer to the time.

SENSE AFRICA is a collaborative project of Exploring Consciousness, While You Were Sleeping and The Labia Theatre.

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