The Ants & the Grasshopper

The Ants & the Grasshopper

Czech premiere

Anita Chitaya from Malawi faces the consequences of climate change, much like other small farmers in poor countries. On a trip across the USA she has the chance to confront those causing climate change.

African farmer Anita Chitaya is a woman of action. In her Malawi village she fights against gender stereotypes and undernourishment, cares for dying soil and teaches her neighbours how to grow drought-resistant crops. But she has set an even greater task for herself: she wants to protect her village from extreme weather. A part of her mission is to prove to Americans that climate change is happening here and now. Anita travels from Malawi to the USA to meet politicians, climate sceptics and farmers. She says: “While the rich are debating what to do, poor people have to endure.” Can one Malawi woman’s thoughts and actions motivate people who seem to be living on a different planet?

Impact

Climate change is not a political agenda set by elites seeking to intimidate their citizens, but a lived reality in much of the world. Two women from Malawi try to explain this to American farmers in The Ants and the Grasshopper. The entire film was shot according to principles of sustainability, and at the end the crew published the carbon footprint it produced during filming. On the film’s official website you will find the Take Action section, where you can support farms and other entities that appear in the documentary.

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About the film

Malawi
2021 / 74 min.

Director
Raj Patel, Zak Piper

Language
English

Subtitles
Czech, English

Director

Zak Piper

Zak Piper

2021 - The Ants & the Grasshopper
Raj Patel

Raj Patel

2021 - The Ants & the Grasshopper

Screenings

26. 3.
17:30 h
Praha: Evald
29. 3.
18:00 h
Praha: Světozor VS
Discussion
Raj Patel, director

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