Craig Foster
Award-winning Filmmaker, Geo-Artist

Inspired talent is a God-given gift to be cherished and nurtured. Sometimes though, this compulsive drive to create can also be accompanied by feelings of insecurity and self consciousness. According to acclaimed filmmaker Craig Foster, this is a dilemma faced by many artists. “There is a great deal of angst that often accompanies works of art. The ego continually seeks validation and suffers tremendously because of its constant need for approval. As an artist, if one’s work is well received, the ego is somehow healed, though most times only temporarily.”

Craig has had firsthand experience of this. His film The Great Dance won a host of international accolades, yet he found himself mired in a debilitating depression for months on end. Craig attributes this to his attachment to the ego, which he describes as a small, limited and misperceived sense of identity.

Craig finally turned to the ancient wisdom of Africa. Beginning to work at the deepest Shamanic levels, he overcame his depression through a deeply transformative and liberating experience.

“After practising a number of rituals taught to me by sangomas and hunter healers, I experienced what the Bushman call ‘the little death’”. For a brief while Craig stepped out of his finite, limited identity into what he calls “an expanded state of cosmic consciousness.” For this talented cinematographer, the experience forever altered his lens on life. “By encountering alternate realms of existence, this world, which I’d taken to be a certain reality in the past, now seemed so fragile and illusionary. While we’ve lost our ability to connect with this state, experiences of transcendence have been a part of all cultures and were in the past quite commonplace”.

Since emerging from his transformation, reflections of this experience are echoed in almost all of his work. Whether creating sand sculptures that represent the geometric shapes that he witnessed during the experience to his ochre paintings on rocks and his photographic stills images, Craig has sought to capture and preserve his encounter through creative expression.

Today Craig and his younger brother Damon, are co-owners of Sense Africa, a production company dedicated to telling stories which honour Africa, its nature and its people. From the exploration and preservation of indigenous heritage, to uncovering the roots of African cosmology and showcasing our continents indigenous solutions to climate change, they together strive to tell their stories with sensitivity and integrity and, most importantly, in the voice of Africa itself.

“Our true identity is infinitely more vast than we can ever imagine.”


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