HRW: The Grab

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Fri, Mar 10 7:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Gabriela Cowperthwaite


Tickets: Free (or $10 donation to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival)

**Streaming as of March 13!**

The Grab reveals a new world order in which global power will be held by those who control not oil, but food. The new global thriller from the director of Blackfish combines hard-hitting journalism with compelling character-driven storytelling, taking you around the globe from Arizona to Zambia, China to Saudi Arabia, to reveal one of the world’s biggest and least exposed threats.

Quietly and seemingly out of sight, governments, financial investors, and private security forces are dividing up the world’s last remaining food and water resources. Communities are forced to stand by as their aquifers are sucked dry, and land they have owned for generations is grabbed from under their feet. As the scale of the run on natural resources is uncovered by a team of investigative reporters, issues bubble to the surface in real time. Russia’s attack on Ukraine uses food access as a geopolitical tool, and global food prices hit an all-time high.


Introductory remarks by HRW’s Canada Director, Farida Deif. Filmmaker conversation between Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL // MARCH 8-19: The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) bears witness to human rights violations in direct storytelling and exposé form, and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.


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