Two South African doccies nominated for Critics Choice Awards

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Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher. (Photo: Ross Frylinck)
Craig Foster and the octopus in My Octopus Teacher. (Photo: Ross Frylinck)
  • Two South African documentaries have been nominated at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.
  • My Octopus Teacher and My Father Mover has been nominated in the categories Best Feature Documentary and Best Short Documentary, respectively.
  • The winners will be announced on 16 November.


The Critics Choice Association has announced the nominees for the fifth annual Critics Choice Documentary Awards (CCDA) with two South African doccies making the list.

My Octopus Teacher on Netflix has been nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category and My Father The Mover in the Best Documentary Short category.

The winners will be revealed during a special announcement on Monday, 16 November.

My Octopus Teacher, directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed, centres on award-winning filmmaker Craig Foster who develops a 'relationship' with a curious octopus while diving in the Atlantic Ocean.

In August the film nabbed eight nominations at the Jackson Wild Media Awards and went on to win the Grand Teton Award. It also won the Best Feature Film award at the EarthX film festival.

My Father The Mover directed by Julia Jansch centres on dancer and choreographer Stone Move Galela who offers movement and dance classes in Khayelitsha. Using Gqom he has helped many children rise above the hardship of township life through dance.

It won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year.

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