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The Grab (2024)

Opens on June 14

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite Run Time: 104 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2024

Country: United States
Language: English, Russian, Ukrainian

About the film: 

World Premiere, 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

Quietly and seemingly out of sight, governments, private investors and mercenaries are working to seize food and water resources at the expense of entire populations. These groups are establishing themselves as the new OPEC, where the future world powers will be those who control not oil, but food. And it’s all beginning to bubble to the surface in real time. Global food prices have hit an all-time high, threatening chaos and violence. Meanwhile, Russia is using food as a weapon against the Ukrainians, and as a geopolitical tool to wield global power.

“This is the ‘holy shit’ documentary of the year, the one that’s designed to be a wake-up call as to where we’re headed in terms of natural resources.”

—Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert

The Grab (2024) is a global thriller combining hard-hitting journalism from The Center for Investigative Reporting with the compelling character-driven storytelling of director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, taking you around the globe from Arizona to Zambia, to reveal one of the world’s biggest and least known threats.

About the filmmaker:

Gabriela Cowperthwaite has been directing both documentaries and narrative films for over 20 years, rising to prominence with the 2013 release of Blackfish (2013), which examined the plight of orcas and their trainers at SeaWorld. Blackfish (2013) quickly became one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time, amassing over 100 million viewers worldwide and helping to permanently change the captive industry. In addition to being shortlisted for an Academy Award, Blackfish (2013) was nominated for a BAFTA, a Broadcast Critics’ Awards, an International Documentary Association Award, and won the Satellite Award for Best Feature. Most recently, Gabriela completed ISS (2023), a space station thriller starring Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose. Based on real events, her critically acclaimed film Our Friend (2019) told the story of a couple struggling through a cancer diagnosis alongside their best friend. Megan Leavey (2017), which marked Gabriela’s narrative directorial debut in 2015, is based on the true life story of a Marine corporal, whose unique bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

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