Sense Africa: Celebrating the Films of The Foster Brothers

 

Opening Night: Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch, Cape Town          Sunday 15 February 2015 | 6.30pm

Film Retrospective: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town   16 – 22 February 2015

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Sense Africa offers an exciting 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, 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.

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The opening night Sense Africa presentation on Sunday 15 February at the Baxter Theatre will be a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening with the Foster Brothers, featuring keynote speaker Anna Breytenbach, the animal communicator, followed by a panel discussion with Anna, (sorry, Spirit only in spirit!), Swati, Craig and Damon Foster and guests focusing on the inter-species communications central to so much of The Brothers’ work.

The Sense Africa film retrospective at the Labia Theatre includes screenings of all of The Foster Brothers’ feature-length documentary films, which have garnered 50 international awards between them, and will take place from the 16th to the 22nd of February

Most screenings will be followed by a Q&A and facilitated audience discussion involving the filmmakers, experts and members of their project teams. The programme includes favourites such as The Great Dance and Cosmic Africa along with films that have never been screened in Cape Town before, like Iceman and Sharkman.

Programme:

 

Sunday 15 Feb |  6.30pm

Baxter Theatre Opening Night:

An evening with The Foster Brothers and Guests

Enjoy flashes of insight and film all flowing with Craig and Damon Foster and special guest Anna Breytenbach. MC Swati Thiyagarajan one of India’s top environmental journalists.

Enjoy a glass of complimentary wine from 5.30pm

Tickets: R140

Tickets are also available at the door.

In case of power outage – do not worry, the Baxter has generators.

 

Monday 16th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

The Animal Communicator (2012 | 52 min)

Q&A with Anna Breytenbach and Swati Thiyagarajan

What if you could talk to animals and have them talk back to you? Anna Breytenbach has dedicated her life to interspecies communication. She sends detailed messages to animals through pictures and thoughts and then receives feedback of remarkable clarity that she can decode. But how can this be proved? Swati Thiyagarajan, India’s top environmental journalist, sets out to investigate. The film culminates where Anna shifts a black leopard’s behavior through her communication. The leopard transforms from a deadly angry beast into a relaxed and content big cat – and even chooses to change his name from Diabolo to Spirit.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927 

The Animal Communicator will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Tuesday 17 February at 11.45am.

 

Tuesday 17th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

My Hunters Heart (2011 | 79 min)

Q&A with Craig Foster

The ancient shamanic culture of the Khomani San of the Kalahari is severely threatened as their traditional way of life has been taken away from them – and alcohol as been introduced. “The rain, the wind, the insects – these are the eyes of time.”  We follow younger members of the clan, /Urugab Kruiper and his family, as they embark on an epic journey to recapture some of the knowledge and skills of their ancestors. Beautifully narrated by Sello Maake Ka Ncube.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

My Hunter’s Heart will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Wednesday 18 February at 11.45am.

 

Wednesday 18th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

Cosmic Africa (2002 | 72 min)

Q&A with Carina Rubin-Frankal and Ann Rogers

As a child, when Thebe Medupe built his first telescope in a remote African village, his world changed forever. Today, as an astrophysicist, he journeys into an unknown Africa – the ancestral land of the hunter-gatherers, the Ju/’hoansi in Namibia, the ancient villages of the Dogon in Mali and the expanses of the Sahara – to uncover the secrets of African sky lore where spiritual and practical knowledge intertwine in the deep connection humans have with the cosmos.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

Cosmic Africa will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Thursday 19 February at 11.45am.

 

Thursday 19th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

Iceman (2009 | 52 min)

Cape Town Premiere!

Q&A with Sophie Vartan

Lewis Gordon Pugh, known as the human polar bear, miraculously swims in the coldest water on earth. His record-breaking swims in both the Arctic and Antarctic at temperatures below zero in only speedo and goggles, is keenly monitored by his friend Tim Noakes. How does he do it? And Why? This is a visual experience of these swims . . . and an amazing quest to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Friday 20th February | 6.15pm | The Labia Theatre

The Great Dance (2000 | 75 min)

Q&A with Damon Foster

Filmed through the eyes of !Nquate, a hunter, this film features the last of the great Kalahari Bushmen hunters and their extraordinary relationship with the land and animals. It shows man and animal at their extreme limits of endurance through the “chasing hunt”, a ritual never before revealed to the world outside the Kalahari. “Tracking is like dancing . . . you are talking with god.”

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

The Great Dance will also be screened at The Labia Theatre on Monday 16 February at 11.45am.

 

Saturday 21st February | 2pm | The Labia Theatre

Sharkman (2006 | 86 min)

Cape Town Premiere!

Brutal, unpredictable, deadly, playful, intelligent. This is how Michael Rutzen from Gansbaai describes the species he loves: sharks. He has been swimming with them outside a cage since 1998. This is his journey to discover the art of shark hypnosis, driven by his passion to change public opinion about sharks before they reach extinction.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Saturday 21st February | 4pm | The Labia Theatre

A Dragon Double Bill:

Into The Dragon’s Lair (2010 | 52 min)

and

Touching the Dragon (2012 | 52 min)

Introduced by Chris Mason (NHU Africa)

Screening followed by Q&A

In Into the Dragon’s Lair, Didier Noirot, a diver with Jacques Cousteau on over 5000 dives, along with photographer Roger Horrocks, encounter a giant crocodile in the clear waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. It becomes their obsession to explore the mystery of the dragon’s lair. They encounter terrifying black-outs, deadly hippos and crocodiles who attempt to eat them. Then – they discover, deep in the darkest lair, a 14-foot croc that accepts their presence. A magical encounter: “Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.”

Touching the Dragon chronicles an astonishing relationship between the earth’s most ancient predator and a unique man. A Costa Rican crocodile shaman, Chito loves his lifelong friend a giant crocodile named Pocho. Discover how he communicates with this monstrous creature, riding its back and diving underwater. The world’s first intimate crocodile human relationship. “I can get another wife but I cannot get another Pocho.”

Tickets: R40

To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Saturday 21st February |6.30 pm | The Labia Theatre

Nature of Life (2009 | 52 min)

Introduced by Gunter Pauli

Screening followed by Q&A

Nature of Life presents the promise of a sustainable future with relevant technologies that will enhance life on our planet. A group of extraordinary people are challenging current models of sustainability, looking instead to the secrets of the natural world, including professors Mark Swilling, Bruce Hewitson and Gunter Pauli, the San chief Segglae Kzao and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Sunday 22nd February | 2pm | The Labia Theatre

Antarctica (2008 | 52 min)

Q&A with Damon Foster

A visual adventure into this mysterious continent known as the White Desert. You encounter South African scientists and explorers who brave the inhospitable environment to investigate the greatest living laboratory for earth’s survival.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Sunday 22nd February | 4pm | The Labia Theatre

Africa Unbottled (2001 | 54 min)

Q&A with Nicholas Ellenbogen

Nicholas Ellenbogen, playwright and conservationist, journeys through nine African countries to find out what’s really happening with wildlife and local people. He uncovers the myth of wild Africa and takes Africa’s message to the world in the most ingenious way.

Tickets: R40

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To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

Sunday 22nd February | 6.30pm | The Labia Theatre

Sea-Change: A New Work In Progress (90 min)

Multi-media presentation and Q&A with Craig and Damon Foster

The Sense Africa programme concludes with a fascinating multi-media presentation by Craig and Damon Foster, introducing their latest (ad)venture: The Sea-Change Project. The presentation will 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 brothers will be joined by fellow producers Ross Frylink and Carina Frankal, and by young naturalist Epiphany Stransom-Ford to speak about making world class films and multi-media exhibitions.

Tickets: R80 – includes a complimentary glass of wine from 5.30pm.

To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office on 021 424 5927

 

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

 

Contacts:

While You Were Sleeping:

Dougie Dudgeon: 082 560 2296

Andreas Wilson-Späth: 084 749 9470

e-mail:bfd@butterflyeffect.co.za

 

Exploring Consciousness:

Erika: 021 786 5261 / 084 604 9931

e-mail: exploring@icon.co.za

www.exploringconsciousness.org.za

 

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