The Territory provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by illegal settlers and an association of nonnative farmers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the settlers illegitimately burning and clearing land along with a network of farmers fighting to legitimize their illegal land grab.
Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film relies on vérité footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.
Alex Pritz is a documentary film director and cinematographer focused on the human relationships with the natural world. Pritz’s debut, The Territory, premiered in the World Cinema competition at Sundance 2022, winning both an Audience Award and a Special Jury Award for Documentary Craft.
Pritz holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Philosophy. In 2012, he received an inaugural Dalai Lama Fellowship for his work developing film curricula alongside low-income communities in the Philippines.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Audience Award; World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival 2022
F:ACT Award – Honorable Mention, CPH:DOX 2022
International Amnesty Catalunya Award, DocsBarcelona, ES 2022
Best Feature Documentary, FICMEC 2022
Best Feature Film, International Wildlife Film Festival 2022
John Schlesinger Award, Provincetown International Film Festival 2022
Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival 2022
The Hague Movies that Matter Festival 2022
THE TERRITORY (doc.)
Director: Alex Pritz
Country: Brazil, Denmark, United States
Language: Portuguese, Tupi
Cast: Neidinha Bandeira, Bitaté Uru Eu Wau Wau
Production: Associação Jupaú do Povo Uru-eu-wau-wau, Doc Society, Documist
PROGRAMME: GREEN ZONE