Grasshopper RepublicDaniel McCabe

Deep in the forests of Uganda, millions of grasshoppers gather to mate.  It is a spectacular event of unseen proportions. But they are not alone: a group of young men set up a strange construction with the aim of catching the elusive prey.

Filmed over three seasons, the camera follows two completely different worlds that meet in an ultimate clash. Green critters, which up close seem particularly fascinating, almost alien creatures, who gather in swarms of sometimes devastating proportions. And on the other hand, grasshopper catchers, who like true gold diggers, pour blood, sweat and tears trying to catch their elusive prey. A lurid neon green veil falls across the canopy, luring millions of grasshoppers into an apocalyptic trap.

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International selection

After a rigorous selection process, DOCVILLE nominated ten brand new auteur documentaries that represent what the festival stands for: excellently made documentaries that are not only strong in terms of content, but also have an eye for the visual aspect and therefore deserve a place on the big screen.  The best film will be awarded the Canvas Jury Prize and may start dreaming of an Oscar, because the winner of this competition will be longlisted for the Academy Awards.

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Directed by Daniel McCabe
2023 94 min.
Subtitles: English


International selection


Daniel McCabe


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