A filmmaker’s investigation into the death of his father takes him deep into the world of golf, chemical lobbying, and citizen activism, where he learns that the rampant use of pesticides around the world may be far more damaging than he thought.

What chance do we have at creating a safer world for ourselves and our children? The answer may lay with the incredible people he encounters along his journey.

“Nisker’s Ground War strips away the marketing façade that
pesticides are a harmless and necessary tool for manicuring
golf courses and playing fields. His personal narrative of his
father’s death combined with investigative reporting puts a fine
point on the dangers of toxins on our greenways that can’t be
ignored and will empower viewers to take action.”

-Priscilla Feral
President, Friends of Animals

What's Happening in Your Community

In Ground War, we lay out the hotspots in this challenge to the turf status quo. How far have the challengers reached, and how far will they need to go, to curb the use of pesticides on playing fields, lawns and golf courses.

Track where communities are fighting for pesticide use restrictions on lawns, playing fields and golf courses, and where restrictions have been put in place.

Take Action

It is also a place for sharing strategies, war stories and seeking advice on how to implement a pesticide restrictions. Users will have the opportunity to connect with others who are in various stages of the battle.

“Ground War is a powerful and deeply personal exploration
about the links between cancer and cosmetic pesticides.
By starting close to home for answers to the causes of lymphoma
in his father-an avid golfer-filmmaker Andrew Nisker travels
to Scotland and into a golf industry trade show to find answers
and alternatives to toxic chemicals. He interviews parent activists
in Montgomery County, Maryland fighting for protection from
toxic chemicals on lawns and in parks. It’s an inspiring story,
with an interactive film website to help find activists near you.”
-Alan Cohen

Safe Grow Montgomery
President, BioLogical Pest Management Inc.

See Ground War

We currently offer community screening licences ONLY for Ground War. It will have it’s Canadian debut on CBC’s Documentary channel on June 21st.

A community screening of Ground War is a great first step towards getting toxic chemicals used in lawn care out your community. It is also a fantastic way to network, with hundreds of other communities who are doing the same. Not only do we provide the film, but also a downloadable step by step guide on how to host a successful community event. Over the past decade we have helped thousands of communities host their own events.

Tune in to AM950 Food Freedom Radio Saturday, November 9th
to hear Andrew Nisker’s interview in preparation for
Ground War‘s Minneapolis screening!


Ground War – Beyond Pesticides Organic Strategies
3800 S 42nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN – November 11, 2019 – 7PM-9PM


Ground War – DocFest – Belleville, ON
March 2nd, 2019

Ground War – DC Environmental Film Festival
Washington, DC – March 19th, 2019

Ground War – Beyond Pesticides Organic Strategies
Florence Gould Hall, NYC – April 6th, 2019

Ground War – Riviera International Film Festival
Sestri Levante, Liguria-Italy – May 10th, 2019

Ground WarKentlands Community Foundation
Gaithersburg, Maryland – June 30th, 2019

Ground War – Reel and Meal Film Series – New Deal Cafe
113 Centerway Greenbelt, MD – August 19, 2019

Ground War – Takoma Park – Takoma Park, Maryland – September 22, 2019

Ground War – Friends of Animals, Inc. – Darien Library,
Darien, CT – October 1st, 2019

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