Jan. 8, 2023: The Territory
Sunday, January 8, 2023
7 pm @ The Grand Theatre (641 Queen St. E)
Director: Alex Pritz
Portuguese; 83 minutes
Rated: PG for thematic material, some smoking, brief nudity, and language.
An immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation of their land in the Brazilian rainforest. Partially shot by the film’s subjects, the film provides unprecedented access to the community and reveals the risks the land defenders are willing to take to convey their story to the rest of the world. Featuring breathtaking cinematography and propelled by a pulse-pounding urgency, The Territory is a powerful advocacy documentary with the heart of a thriller.
A stunningly intimate look at the stakes surrounding this conflict, shot over three years with remarkable clarity and beauty. Amil Niazi, Globe and Mail
In just 83 minutes, Pritz guides us through a complex story, though at its heart it is a deceptively simple tale of underdogs fighting to protect their land and way of life.
Katie Walsh, TheWrap
Pritz’s docu-thriller … is hard to tear away from, with moments of beauty, but also of heart-racing dread. Sandi Rankaduwa, BuzzFeed News