Cosmic Africa

Director: Craig and Damon Foster
Country: South Africa
Year: 2002
Running Time: 72 min
Language: English, Bambara, and Ju’hoansi

Cosmic Africa, Craig and Damon Foster, South Africa, 2002, 72 min
Traveling across the scope of the African continent – Namibia, Ghana, Northern Kenya, Dogon country in Mali, and the Egyptian Sahara – this film captures the remarkable personal journey of an African astronomer, Thebe Medupe. Cosmic Africa and Thebe Medupe explore Africa’s ancient astronomy history, while unveiling the deep connection humans have with the cosmos.

About the Director

Craig and Damon Foster

cdfosterBiography: Brothers Craig and Damon Foster are widely regarded as South Africa’s top documentary filmmakers. With a long experience shooting and directing, and having received numerous international awards, the Foster brothers have deservedly carved themselves a niche in global film circles. The Foster brothers have been at the forefront of the African renaissance, using media to turn the tide on negative attitudes. They have reached an audience of over 200 million by using Africa’s voice first hand. The filmmakers have a passion and commitment to the natural world and the relationship between human and nature has deeply influenced their style of filmmaking and the stories they seek out. The brothers’ primary intent lies in telling stories with the voice of Africa herself, and creating film experiences that enable the viewer to gain an intense and deep insight into the natural and cultural dynamics of this ancient continent. They explore the timeless and universal themes of the relationship between man and animal, and the relationship between them and the environments that they share. They seek unique and challenging footage, which is enthralling and exciting, without compromising on integrity and sensitivity. They show reality as it is but in a way in which it is not usually seen. The brothers work closely together throughout every aspect of the process and have pioneered an organic style of filmmaking that brings new life to the screen.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story (2011);
Cosmic Africa (2005, 2011).

The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story (2000);
Africa Unbottled (2001 – Craig Foster);
Cosmic Africa (2002);
Antarctica: Journey into the White Desert (2009 – Damon Foster);
Ice Man: The Lewis Gordon Pugh Story (2009);
The Nature of Life (2009);
Into the Dragon’s Lair (2010);
My Hunter’s Heart (2010).

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