THE GRAB

GROW | DOCS

US 2022, 104 min, Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite

This gripping, of-the-moment documentary connects some of the dots in humanity’s oldest struggle: the fight over resources. With an elegant, eye-opening throughline, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) focuses on Bay Area investigative journalist Nathan Halverson and his team’s mission to make sense of the curious connections they uncover when exploring a Chinese company’s purchase of one quarter of America’s pigs. The probe leads to disparate locations — Arizona, Saudi Arabia, Zambia, Crimea — with links to the world’s food supply. We learn that as climate change has begun ravaging the planet, a small group has methodically and covertly planned for the worst-case scenario of food shortages and famine. Halverson and his team work bravely, talking to key players, some of them dangerous, in search of a larger truth that relates directly to tonight’s evening news. Thankfully, after outlining a grim big picture, Cowperthwaite leaves us with reasons for hope. —Celia C. Peters

GUESTS EXPECTED: producer-director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Nathan Halverson, Amanda Pike 


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Showtimes

In-Person


6:00 PM — Sequoia 2

1:00 PM — Sequoia 1

Director

American-Brazilian filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite works in both narrative and documentary. Her documentaries include CITY LAX: AN URBAN LACROSSE STORY (2010) and BLACKFISH (2013), nominated for a BAFTA Best Documentary Award. She made her narrative feature debut with MEGAN LEAVEY (2017), followed by OUR FRIEND (2019).

Film Info

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Year:

2022

Running Time:

104

Director:

Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Producers:

Nathan Halverson, Amanda Pike, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Cinematographers:

Jonathan Ingalls

Editors:

Davis Coombe

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