The Ants and the Grasshoppers
The Ants and the Grasshoppers
The Ants and the Grasshoppers
The Ants and the Grasshoppers

The Ants and the Grasshoppers

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    • Directed by: Zak Piper, Raj Patel
    • Released: 2023 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2021
Running Time: 74 min
Language: English
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects:  Environmental Studies, African Studies

Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to California to the White House, she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe they live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to help Americans recognize, and free themselves from, a logic that is already destroying the Earth.

Winner of the Moving Mountains Award at the 2022 Mountain Film Festival, Winner of the Gaia Prize for Environmental Filmmaker at the Middlebury New Filmmakers, Jury Award Winner at the Wild and Scenic 2022 Film Festival, Green Fire Award at the 2022 American Conservation Film Festival and Official Selection of the 2021 Sheffield Doc Film Fest
I am blown away. You have found a hero of such grace and intelligence and power, and you had the good sense to get out of the way, center the narrative on her. The film is obviously not about agriculture in the way I expected to be-- it’s much bigger than that. We get to observe history. That’s what ten years on a movie gets you. I feel invested in the project... so wonderful to see it completed. I will be happy to spread the word. - Michael Pollan, Author & Director Of The Knight Program In Science And Environmental Journalism
About the filmmaker 



Raj Patel is a James Beard Award winning activist and New York Times bestselling writer. He has testified about food and hunger to the US, UK and EU governments, and his book on the food system, Stuffed and Starved, has been translated into a dozen languages. He worked for the World Bank and WTO and was tear-gassed on four continents protesting against them. His academic career spans Oxford, the London School of Economics, Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley where he taught with Michael Pollan. He is currently a research professor at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

Zak Piper is an Emmy-winning and Producers Guild Award-winning documentary filmmaker most known for producing the critically acclaimed film Life Itself, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and later won a Critics Choice Award. Zak also co-produced the acclaimed film The Interrupters, which was hailed as one of the year’s best films by The New Yorker, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, and LA Times. Prior to these films, Zak co-produced At the Death House Door, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards. Zak is currently producing or directing a number of documentary projects in development or production.


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