Official Selection MountainFilm 2021

The Ants & The Grasshopper

USA, UK, Malawi
74 mins


Anita Chitaya is transforming her village in Malawi with new farming and cooking methods even as drought looms. Chitaya and her mentor, Esther Lupafya, decide to embark on a journey through the U.S. in an effort to convince Americans that climate change is real. Along the way, they visit Midwest farms and urban food cooperatives, witnessing national divisions in their quest to save their home from drought.

World Premiere

Production Team

Zak Piper Raj Patel
Rachel Wexler
Peter Mazunda
Raj Patel
Zak Piper
Cynthia Kane

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Featured in the 2021 Mountainfilm Festival.

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Soils, Food and Healthy Communities (SFHC) is a non-profit organization that supports rural Malawian families to build sustainable, healthy, just and resilient communities. We use ecological, regenerative approaches to farming, drawing on local and indigenous knowledge, such as intercropping, compost use and diversifying what people grow. We explicitly address unequal power dynamics in our approach, such as gender, using community-led initiatives to change these inequities.

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