A documentary about the Amazon deforastation hits US theaters

August 24, 2022

A powerful new documentary addressing the urgent issue of Amazon deforestation has arrived in US theaters. The Territory, produced by National Geographic in partnership with O2 Play and directed by Alex Pritz, delves into the struggles of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau indigenous people as they fight to protect their homeland from the devastating impacts of deforestation. This critically acclaimed film, which has won multiple international awards including honors at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, promises to engage and inform audiences about the critical environmental challenges facing the Amazon.

The award-winning documentary The Territory, produced by National Geographic in partnership with O2 Play, has just arrived in US cinemas. Directed by Alex Pritz, the film opened in New York and Los Angeles on the 19th and hit theaters in Florida on Friday, August 26th. Winner of more than ten international awards, including two statuettes at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, The Territory tells the story of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau indigenous people in the fight against deforestation in the Amazon.

Land invaders in the Brazilian Amazon

Partially filmed by the indigenous people, the film revolves around the efforts of the young Bitaté Uru-eu-wau-wau and his mentor Neidinha Bandeira in creating a media that reveals, from the natives’ point of view, the abuses committed by squatters, miners and other land invaders in the Brazilian Amazon.

With awe-inspiring cinematography, the film chronicles the growth of illegal logging and deforestation in recent years. “This film presents a reality that needs to be exposed. We are happy with the relevance and reach that this production is acquiring”, commented Alex Pritz.

A documentary about the Amazon deforastation hits US theaters
The Territory | National Geographic Documentary Films

“I’m sure that, on its debut in Brazil, the effect of the film will be even greater and more powerful,” said the director, referring to the impact of the documentary during the presidential campaign in the country.

O Território (original title in Portuguese) will hit Brazilian movie screens on September 8 and will be part of the Mês Amazônia exhibition at CineSesc, in São Paulo.

Tatiana Cesso

As a journalist, I've made it my mission to explore and share stories that inspire, inform, and entertain. You may have stumbled upon my work in esteemed publications such as InStyle, Marie Claire, Bazaar, L’Officiel, and Vogue, among others. Having called the U.S. home since 2010, I've lived in Chicago, LA, and currently, Miami. But my heart always beats to the rhythm of Brazil. It's where I was born and raised, and my love for its culture, people, and energy knows no bounds. To share this passion, I've founded Brazilcore, a platform aimed at bridging the gap between Brazil and English speakers worldwide.

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