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The Grab


Quietly and out of sight, governments, private investors, and mercenaries are seizing food and water resources, threatening entire populations. These groups are positioning themselves as the new OPEC, with future world powers controlling food instead of oil. This issue is surfacing in real-time as global food prices hit an all-time high, inciting chaos and violence. Russia is weaponizing food against Ukraine and using it to wield global power. “THE GRAB” is a global thriller blending hard-hitting journalism from The Center for Investigative Reporting with the storytelling of director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, revealing one of the world’s biggest and least known threats.


    This is the “holy s$&t” documentary of the year
    Brian Tallerico
  • Variety
    Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s astonishing, eye-opening doc… unspools like a thriller in one sense and a dystopian science fiction movie in another.
    Peter Debruge
  • Hollywood Reporter
    The Grab [is] in the same general sphere as something like All the President’s Men or Spotlight, as simultaneous examinations of big, landscape-shifting stories and the necessary
    journey to cast light into the darkness.
    Dan Fienberg
    It's the next major doc that can change the entire conversation just like An Inconvenient Truth did.
    Alex Billington
  • Los Angeles Times
    A documentary paced like a sleek, complex international thriller, where nothing less than the future of the world is at stake.
    Mark Olsen
  • The Gurdian
    “The hope with the film is that we’ve connected together the pieces so that people can see the problem,” and with good information now in hand, we can all begin to work and put together a world that we all want to live in.”
    Adrian Horton

Festival Participation

  • Toronto International Film Festival - 2022
    Nominee - People's Choice Award Documentary
  • Mill Valley Film Festival - 2022
    Winner - Audience Award Best Documentary
  • Sonoma Film Festival - 2023
    Winner - Grand Jury Award Best Documentary
  • Sedona International Film Festival - 2023
    Winner - Best Investigative Documentary
  • Mountain Film Festival Telluride - 2023
    Winner - Audience Choice Award
  • Mountain Film Festival Telluride - 2023
    Winner - Moving Mountains Award
  • Salem Film Fest, US - 2023
    Winner - Audience Award Best Documentary
  • BendFilm Festival - 2023
    Winner - Best Outdoor/Environmental Feature Film
  • BendFilm Festival - 2023
    Winner - Audience Award Best Feature Film
  • San Diego International Film Festival - 2023
    Winner - Grand Jury Award Best Documentary
  • Philadelphia Film Festival - 2022
    Winner - Honorable Mention Truth to Power

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