Watch “The Grab” at Hot Docs, March 10 @ 7pm

Watch "The Grab" at Hot Docs, March 10 @ 7pm


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
20th Annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival
The Grab (2022)

Date: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm
Location: Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St W, Toronto

PEN Canada is a community partner of the 2023 Human Rights Watch Film Festival again this year.

The Grab reveals a new world order in which global power will be held by those who control not oil, but food.


Introductory remarks by Farida Deif, Canada director at Human Rights Watch, followed by a conversation with The Grab filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.


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.