Natural History on the Big Screen: The Ants & The Grasshopper
This Zoom webinar discussion of the film "The Ants & The Grasshopper," aired March 21, 2022. Watch a recording in the player above.
The National Museum of Natural History and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital collaborated to offer this program, which featured an online screening of "The Ants & The Grasshopper" and the Q&A discussion in the video above. Participating in the discussion were the filmmaker Raj Patel and president of National Family Farm Coalition, Jim Goodman.
Moderator: Asantewa Boakyewa, Associate Director of Collections & Exhibits at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
This program was part of the 2022 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
About the Film
"The Ants & The Grasshopper" follows the story of Anita Chitaya who 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.