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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.  


Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Writer / Director / Producer

Gabriela Cowperthwaite has been directing both documentaries and narrative films for over 20
years, rising to prominence with the 2013 release of Blackfish, which examined the plight of
orcas and their trainers at SeaWorld. Blackfish quickly became one of the highest grossing
documentaries of all time, amassing over 100 million viewers worldwide and helping to
permanently change the captive industry. In addition to being shortlisted for an Academy
Award, Blackfish was nominated for a BAFTA, a Broadcast Critics’ Awards, an International
Documentary Association Award, and won the Satellite Award for Best Feature. Most recently,
Gabriela completed ISS, a space station thriller starring Academy Award winner Arianna
DeBose. ISS is scheduled for release in 2023. Her critically acclaimed film Our Friend, starring
Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson, and Jason Segel was released in 2020. Based on a true life
story, Our Friend told the story of a couple struggling through a cancer diagnosis alongside
their best friend. Megan Leavey, which marked Gabriela’s narrative directorial debut in 2015 is
based on the true life story of a Marine corporal (Kate Mara), whose unique bond with her
military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Nate Halverson


Nate Halverson is an Emmy Award-winning senior reporter and producer at The Center for
Investigative Reporting, covering business and finance with an emphasis on the global food
system. He has reported across the world, including Russia, Guatemala, England, Zambia,
China, and Venezuela, and on investigative topics ranging from financial fraud and organized
crime to uncovering and reporting on internal company documents that helped result in people
receiving a $155 million settlement from the tech company. Halverson broke the international
news that California was literally sinking, a result of farmers over-pumping groundwater in the
drought stricken Central Valley. He revealed the Saudi government’s plan to support the
acquisition of food and water resources around the world from Argentina to the parched
deserts of Arizona. He reported on classified cables from the U.S. State Department that
detailed the growing anxiety of wealthy countries about looming water and food shortages.

Amanda Pike


Amanda Pike is the director of the TV and documentary department at The Center for
Investigative Reporting. Under her leadership, CIR garnered its first Academy Award
nomination and four national Emmys, among other accolades. She was the executive producer
of the inaugural year of the Glassbreaker Films initiative, supporting women-identifying
filmmakers and journalists. She has spent the past two decades reporting and producing
documentaries for PBS, CBS, ABC, National Geographic, A&E, Lifetime and The Learning
Channel, among others. Subjects have ranged from militia members in Utah to young
entrepreneurs in Egypt and genocide perpetrators in Cambodia. Pike also has dabbled in
fiction filmmaking, producing the short film On the Assassination of the President, which
premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Blye Faust


Blye Faust is an Academy and Emmy Award-winning producer. Her credits include Spotlight,
which was awarded Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay at the 2016 Academy
Awards, and went on to gross nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office during its release.
She most recently produced the hit Amazon docuseries LuLaRich and is currently in production
with the LuLaRich team on another multi-part series for Amazon. Other documentary credits
include Emmy Award-winning and Peabody nominee Belly of the Beast and Emmy and Critic's
Choice Award nominee Rewind. In addition to her work as a producer, she is a ReFrame Rise
sponsor and a member of the SFFILM Creative Advisory Board and the Creative Future
Leadership Committee. Other board memberships have included The Center for Investigative
Reporting, and she is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the State Bar of

Nicole Rocklin


Nicole Rocklin is the Oscar winning producer of Spotlight, the riveting true story behind the
Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation of the Boston Archdiocese. At the 2016
Academy Awards, the film won Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay. Her other producing
credits include the Untitled Lizzo Documentary (directed by Doug Pray to be released by HBO
Max), The Perfect Guy (directed by Dave Rosenthal starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and
Morris Chestnut) that opened number one at the box office it’s opening weekend and Middle of
Nowhere (directed by John Stockwell starring Anton Yelchin, Eva Amurri, Justin Chatwin, Willa
Holland and Susan Sarandon). She started her entertainment career as an assistant at Jerry
Bruckheimer Films and graduated with honors with a B.A. in History and African American
Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a member of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the Creative Future Leadership