The Ants and the Grasshopper

Close Up Shared Planet Sisters
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Director: Raj Patel, Zak Piper | Countries of production: United States | Year: 2021 | Length: 74 min
Language: English, Tumbuka with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF21

How do the roots of change grow?

Anita Chitaya seems unstoppable: her tireless work is transforming farming practices in her village in Malawi and turning gender discrimination on its head. But in her battle against drought and extreme weather events, she takes on her greatest challenge yet: persuading Americans that climate change is real.

She visits rural farms and urban food cooperatives across the US, navigating deep national divisions (across race, gender, and the rural-urban divide), while appealing to those in a position of privilege to embrace change with the urgency the climate crisis demands.

Content notes: Contains references to gender-based violence and racism.

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