Genre: Documentary
1h 25m
Alex Pritz
Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Sigrid Dyekjær, Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett, Alex Pritz

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The Territory

The Territory documentary 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 farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon.

With awe-inspiring cinematography and richly textured sound design, The Territory takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land.

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. Many of its images were created by Bitaté, a young leader who, based on this experience, started using drones to monitor the limits of his territory, recording deforestation and land invasions by illegal land grabbers and miners.

Key facts and themes of The Territory:

•  Indigenous peoples are 5% of the global population and protect 80% of the planet’s biodiversity. For too long, discussions about climate change have sidelined Indigenous voices.
• Indigenous lands often act as a barrier against the destruction of critical ecosystems.
• The Uru-eu-wau-wau are resilient people. As the world’s best conservationists, they lead the fight against deforestation and illegal logging.
• The power of indigenous knowledge and storytelling raises awareness about important issues.

The Territory has been praised for its cinematography, its intimate portrayal of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, and its powerful message about the importance of protecting Indigenous lands and cultures.

Overall, The Territory is a powerful and moving film that is sure to leave a lasting impression on viewers.

The Territory  is available to stream on two platforms: You can watch “The Territory” on Hulu with a subscription.

The film is also available on Disney+ as part of the National Geographic subscription.

If you are not in the United States, you may need to use a VPN to access either of these platforms.

Access The Territory Screening Event Kit to screen the event in your community.

The Territory Impact organization provides information on ways to get involved and take action.

Forests in the Amazon and elsewhere are being destroyed at an alarming rate to farm cattle, mining and other predatory activities. Some governments and companies have committed to deforestation-free supply chains, but these are not enough.

Consumers worldwide: Demand deforestation-free products in your supermarkets.

Businesses: Contact   and empower indigenous-led surveillance and monitoring across your supply chains

Policymakers: Vote for deforestation-free supply chains, commit to support a just transition for people everywhere.

The Territory works together with many partners globally to protect the Amazon from the range of threats that it faces.

DONATE provides links to several organizations that you can support who are working tirelessly on the frontlines to protect the forest and our future. 

The Territory’ Review: Saving the Amazon, One Camera at a Time – The New York Times

The film has won numerous awards, including the Audience Award and Special Jury Award for Documentary Craft at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

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