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The Territory

Directed by Alex Pritz
Brazil, Denmark, USA
83 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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First Peoples of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest fight landgrabs and illegal logging in this stirring World Cinema Documentary Audience Award winner from Sundance 2022.
The motherland of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people is increasingly under threat. President Bolsonaro’s 2018 election has only escalated the problem. Two young men, Bitaté and Ari, along with their environmental activist mentor Neidinha, lead the campaign to save their environment and, ultimately, their community. When a group of impoverished farmers establishes a homestead by brazenly clear-cutting the ‘protected' forest, the Indigenous community sets up a media team, using cameras to record the deforestation and send their SOS to the world. The farmers use more brutal tactics. Director and cinematographer Alex Pritz made this exceptional award-winning documentary in close collaboration with the Uru-eu-wau-wau people.

Screens with Nalujuk Night.

 Shortlisted for the Sustainable Future Award.
The Territory is more than just an issues doc. It is moving precisely because it goes right to the heart of what filmmaking can be – a tool to capture, control and explicate a unique world view.
Tara Judah, Screen International
Both sumptuous and enraging, [The Territory] reminds viewers how film can be for remembering and preserving as much for rebellion and art.
Robert Daniels, RogerEbert.com

Films showing at this event:

Nalujuk Night
The story of an exhilarating and sometimes terrifying Labrador Inuit tradition held each year of Nunatsiavut night.


Fri 10 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Sun 19 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
Brazil, Denmark, USA
In Portuguese and Tupi-Kawahiva with English subtitles
Alex Pritz
Will N. Miller, Sigrid Dyekjær, Lizzie Gillett, Darren Aronofsky
Alex Pritz, Tangae Uru-eu-wau-wau
Carlos Rojas Felice
Australian Premiere
First Nations, Documentary, Environmental, Central & South America, Human Rights, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: AHI Films
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