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THE TERRITORY Trailer: Take A Journey Into the Amazon in Sundance-Winning Documentary

Co-produced by Darren Aronofsky, Alex Pritz’s directorial debut The Territory takes us deep into the Brazilian Amazon where we are immersed in the lives of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people. Shot by Pritz and members of the Uru-eu-wau-wau, this documentary captures the tribe’s ongoing battle to protect their native land from deforestation brought on by corporations and illegal settlers. It also captures the point of view of the farmers and settlers taking part in the deforestation who express their own logic and perspective on the issue at hand. It premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it took home both the World Documentary Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize for Documentary Craft. National Geographic Documentary Film will release it in theaters this August.

Here’s an official synopsis:

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 farmers and illegal settlers 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 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.

Watch the trailer below:

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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