The Ants and the Grasshopper
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 sceptics 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 we live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to persuade us that we’re all in this together.
This documentary, ten years in the making, weaves together the most urgent themes of our times: climate change, gender and racial inequality, the gaps between the rich and the poor, and the ideas that groups around the world have generated in order to save the planet.
Check out the Filmmaker Q&A with Director Raj Patel on Sunday, October 3 at 10:00am EDT! Click on the “Festival Event Space” link above to access.
DirectorsRaj Patel and Zak Piper
CinematographyClare Major and Peter Mazunda
Narration Written byAnita Chitaya and Peter Mazunda
Location SoundZak Piper
Original ScoreGraham Reynolds
International Sales AgentKartemquin Films in association with Bungalow Town Productions
United States, Malawi, United Kingdom
Kartemquin Films in association with Bungalow Town Productions