The Territory

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The Main 4 Sat, May 7, 2022 6:45 PM
Pop's Art Theater Rochester Fri, May 13, 2022 2:45 PM
Virtual Available In:MN Only
Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Cine Latino
Indigenous Voices
Climate Change
Release Year:2022
Runtime:86 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Special Jury Award: Documentary Craft
Print Source:National Geographic Documentary Films
Director:Alex Pritz
Executive Producer:Romain Bessi
Danfung Dennis
Felipe Estefan
Kathryn Everett
Rafael Georges
Dylan Golden
Loren Hammonds
Ari Handel
Alexandra Johnes
Justin Lacob
Philippe Levasseur
Bryn Mooser
Brendan Naylor
Andrew Ruhemann
Txai Suruí
Rebecca Teitel
Potei Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau
Tejubi Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau
Jack Weisman
Producer:Darren Aronofsky
Sigrid Dyekjær
Lizzie Gillett
Will N. Miller
Alex Pritz
Gabriel Uchida
Cinematographer:Alex Pritz
Tangãi Uru-eu-wau-wau
Editor:Carlos Rojas
Composer:Katya Mihailova


“The Amazon is not just the heart of Brazil, but of the whole world.” These are the words of Bitate, a young Uru-eu-wau-wau leader, who is fighting, possibly to the death, to save his community and the rain forest. Though promised constitutional protection, the Uru-eu-wau-wau’s homeland is under dire threat from farmers and land-grabbers.

The Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people have long been thriving in Brazil’s Amazonian rain forest, despite the forest being slowly and steadily destroyed. Now, they number less than 200, and President Jair Bolsonaro, disregarding the law, has encouraged homesteaders to take their land. Taking us straight into the center of this battle, filmmaker Alex Pritz masterfully tracks multiple points of view: we see the Uru-eu-wau-wau as they fight to save themselves and the rain forest, as well as local farmers trying to form a settlement in the area and a group of homesteaders determined to clear-cut the forest. “Both sumptuous and enraging” –Robert Daniels, Winner, Sundance Audience Award, World Cinema Documentary.

Director Biography

Alex Pritz

Alex Pritz is a director and cinematographer whose work focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural world. His process relies on a participatory filmmaking model, in which everyone is encouraged to pick up a camera. The Territory (2022) is his debut feature.