The Grab

An investigative journalist uncovers the money, influence and alarming rationale behind covert efforts to control the most vital resource on the planet.

From the Center for Investigative Reporting Studios and director Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

“This is the ‘holy s&%t’ documentary of the year.”


Astonishing, eye-opening … unspools like a thriller in one sense and a dystopian science fiction movie in another.” 


“Paced like a sleek, complex international thriller, where nothing less than the future of the world is at stake.”


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Upcoming Screenings

Where can you watch THE GRAB?

It’s coming soon! Please check back for details about where you will be able to watch THE GRAB in a theater near you or from your own home. For now, please join us in person for one of the following festivals:

Friday Harbor Film Festival

Oct. 27-29, 2023

San Diego Film Festival

Oct. 12-15, 2023

Bend Film Festival

Oct. 12-15, 2023

Heartland Film Festival

Oct. 12-14, 2023

Port Townsend Film Festival

Sept. 22-25, 2023

New Zealand International Film Festival

July 19-Sept. 10, 2023

Boulder Environmental Nature Outdoors Film Festival

July 14, 2023

Festival CinemAmbiente, Italy

June 5-11, 2023

Brazil Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival

June 3-9, 2023

Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride, CO

Winner: Audience Choice Award

May 26-28, 2023

Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival

May 27, 2023

Seattle Film Festival

May 19-20, 2023

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

April 29, 2023

Filmfest DC

April 21 and 26, 2023

Hamptons Doc Fest

April 15, 2023

RiverRun International Film Festival

April 13-22, 2023

Hampton’s Doc Fest

April 14-16, 2023

Milwaukee Film Festival

April 20-May 4, 2023

Salem Film Fest

Winner: Audience Award

March 23-April 2, 2023

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 22-April 1, 2023

Sonoma International Film Festival

Winner: Grand Jury Award: Best Documentary

March 22-26, 2023

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

March 16-26, 2023


March 15-26, 2023

Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival – Hot Docs Cinema

March 8-19, 2023

Human International Documentary Film Festival

March 6-12, 2023

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Feb. 17-26, 2023

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Feb. 8-18, 2023

Sedona International Film Festival

Winner: Best Investigative Documentary

Feb. 18-26, 2023

Tromso International Film Festival

Jan. 16-22, 2023

Palm Springs International Film Festival

Jan. 5-16, 2023

Hamptons Doc Fest

Dec. 1-6, 2022

Stockholm International Film Festival

Nov. 9-20, 2022


Nov. 9-27, 2022

Denver Film Festival

Nov. 2-13, 2022

Philadelphia Film Festival

Honorable Mention for Truth to Power

Oct. 19-30, 2022

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival

Opening Night Film

Oct. 13-16, 2022

Mill Valley Film Festival

Winner: Audience Favorite Documentary

Oct. 6-16, 2022

Toronto International Film Festival

Sept. 8-18, 2022

Press Coverage

About the Team

Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Writer / Director / Producer

Gabriela Cowperthwaite has been directing documentaries and narrative films for over 20 years. She rose 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 and helped permanently change the captive industry. The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award and nominated for a BAFTA Award. Most recently, Cowperthwaite completed “ISS,” a space station thriller starring Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose. Her critically acclaimed film “Our Friend,” starring Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel, was released in 2021. “Megan Leavey,” which marked Cowperthwaite’s narrative directorial debut, 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, Producer / Lead Reporter

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 to organized crime and internal company documents that helped result in people receiving a $155 million settlement. Halverson broke the international news that California was literally sinking, a result of farmers overpumping 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 and 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, Producer

Amanda Pike is the director of TV and documentaries 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, Producer

Blye Faust is an Academy and Emmy Award-winning producer. Her credits include “Spotlight,” which won 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 multipart 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, Faust is a ReFrame Rise sponsor and a member of the SFFILM Creative Advisory Board and the CreativeFuture Leadership Committee. She was previously a board member for The Center for Investigative Reporting and is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the State Bar of California.

Nicole Rocklin, Producer

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 original screenplay. Her other producing credits include “Love, Lizzo” (directed by Doug Pray); “The Perfect Guy” (directed by David M. Rosenthal, starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut), which opened No. 1 at the box office its 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 bachelor’s degree 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 CreativeFuture Leadership Committee.