National Geographic Documentary Films Acquires Sundance Documentary THE TERRITORY About Indigenous-led Land Defense in the Amazon Rainforest

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Received with overwhelmingly positive praise following its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, National Geographic Documentary Films announced today that it has acquired the rights to the documentary THE TERRITORY.

Screening in the World Cinema Documentary competition, THE TERRITORY offers an immersive, on-the-ground look at the tireless struggle of the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation caused by illegal loggers and an association of non-indigenous farmers in the Brazilian Amazon. With impressive cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and a richly textured sound design, THE TERRITORY draws audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community while providing unprecedented access to the other side of the conflict as loggers illegitimately clear land and a network of desperate farmers come together, preparing to colonize the protected rainforest.

Partly shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film provides truth-style footage, captured over three years, as activists risk their lives to create their own press crew in hopes of exposing the truth .

THE TERRITORY is director Alex Pritz’s feature debut and was co-produced by the Uru-eu-wau-wau indigenous community, with activist Txai Suruí on board as an active executive producer. The project is produced by award-winning filmmaker Sigrid Dyekjaer (THE CAVE), Protozoa Pictures by Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN, WELCOME TO EARTH) and Passion Pictures (THE RESCUE), with Will N. Miller, Lizzie Gillett and Gabriel Uchida. THE TERRITORY was produced by Documist, Associação Jupaú do Povo Uru-eu-wau-wau, Real Lava, Passion Pictures and Protozoa Pictures in association with TIME Studios and XTR with support from Luminate and Doc Society.

First praise for THE TERRITORY was strong out of Sundance with Variety describing it as “urgent”, “captivating” and “well-crafted”, while Indiewire praised him as “beautifully [and] ingeniously crafted, “noting the movie”[paints] an intimate first-hand portrait of joy, pain and community, before exploding with heartbreaking intensity as it captures a high-stakes struggle for survival unfolding in the moment.”

THE TERRITORY is an urgent story of courage and resilience, beautifully told by first director Alex Pritz. We are honored to bring the story of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people to the world and help deepen the conversation and raise awareness about the endangered Amazon rainforest and its indigenous peoples,” said Carolyn Bernstein. , Executive Vice President of Global Scripted Content. and Documentary Films for National Geographic. “We are also delighted to be working with our longtime friend Sigrid Dyekjaer whose talent for guiding stories of impact and advocacy is unparalleled and our frequent collaborator Darren Aronofsky, a visionary storyteller with an unrivaled eye for breakthrough talent. .”

Moreover, the team behind THE TERRITORY will launch an impact campaign with the goal of raising indigenous voices and fighting deforestation through natural and community-based solutions. Among multiple tactics and partnerships, they will support global Indigenous-led efforts to hold the international community accountable for protecting the Amazon rainforest and ending violence against land defenders around the world.

THE TERRITORY the producers negotiated the deal with the National Geographic Documentary Films team.

National Geographic Documentary Films will be released THE TERRITORY in theaters later this year before the film heads to its streaming platforms.

About National Geographic Documentary Films

National Geographic Documentary Films is committed to bringing the world documentary feature films that cover timely, provocative and globally relevant stories from the world’s best documentary filmmakers. National Geographic Documentary Films is a division of National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society. Deepening knowledge and understanding of our world has been National Geographic’s primary purpose for 134 years, and now we are committed to reaching further, to pushing the boundaries, to reaching further for our consumers…and to reaching people. million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages ​​every month like we do. NGP returns 27% of our proceeds to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


Founded in 2005, Doc Society supports a network of independent storytellers with direct grants and editorial expertise throughout the life of their film and impact campaigns. To date, we’ve helped fund over 500 award-winning projects including: CITIZENFOUR, An Insignificant Man, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, Edge Of Democracy, The Look Of Silence, The White Helmets, Whose Streets, Virunga, Softie , Roll Red Roll and The Silence of Others. In 2021, Doc Society launched the Climate Story Fund to support compelling stories from around the world that bring us closer to a just and biodiverse climate future.


Documist brings together cinema and journalism to create original documentaries with a humanist spirit. Founded in 2014, Documist is based in New York and Toronto and has produced documentary films in over 30 countries. The team has produced and directed documentaries that have aired at Sundance, IDFA, Tribeca, TIFF and SXSW. THE TERRITORY is Documist’s feature debut.


Luminate is a global philanthropic organization that aims to empower people and institutions to work together to build just and equitable societies. We work with our partners to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in and shape the issues affecting their societies, and to make those in positions of power more responsive and accountable.


Passion is an Oscar-winning independent production studio that creates and tells amazing stories. Passion has produced over 90 documentaries, including One Day in September, Searching for Sugarman, Listen to me Marlon and most recently Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story and The Rescue. Passion’s Oscar- and Bafta-winning work with partners including Netflix, National Geographic, Showtime and the BBC has been acclaimed at Sundance, Telluride, Tribeca and festivals around the world.


Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures is a New York-based film and television production company. Their credits include Aronofsky’s π, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, THE STRUGGLER, THE BLACK SWAN, NOAH, THE MOTHER! and his next film THE WHALE; as well as JACKIE, WHITE BOY RICK, SOME KIND OF HEAVEN and PACIFIED. Upcoming features include CATCH THE FAIR ONE and THE GOOD NURSE. Their TV credits include ONE STRANGE ROCK and WELCOME TO EARTH for NatGeo. Upcoming TV credits include KINDRED for FX, LIMITLESS for NatGeo and BLACK GOLD for Paramount+.


Real Lava is a new Danish production company. Founded by Newen Studios and Oscar-nominated producer Sigrid Dyekjaer, the company focuses on producing ambitious, cinematic documentary films and series. Sigrid Dyekjaer is a multi-award winning producer who has made 30 feature documentaries over the past 23 years. His most recent credits include Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave” which was nominated for an Oscar and won Emmy, Peabody and Cinema Eye awards. Real Lava’s upcoming films include “Merkel,” a portrayal of Angela Merkel and female leadership directed by Eva Weber and co-produced by Academy Award-winning Passion Pictures. “The Territory” is the first film of the new Real Lava.


From one of the world’s most iconic brands, TIME Studios is an Emmy Award®-winning television, film and immersion studio focused on the development, production and distribution of unscripted stories and truth-based unscripted stories that move the world. With technical innovation and a brand-defining visual language that dates back 98 years, TIME Studios aims to impact communities and the world at large with ideas that forge true progress. Combining the industry’s leading creators with TIME, one of the most trusted brands reaching audiences of over 100 million people worldwide, TIME Studios is uniquely positioned to bring massive audiences to the most impactful stories. of the world.

XTR is a global non-fiction entertainment studio. XTR works with exceptional creators to produce, distribute, finance and develop documentary films, series and podcasts for all platforms. With a focus on audience appeal and a commitment to artistry, the award-winning studio uses a data-driven strategy to inform all phases of the filmmaking process. Since its inception in 2019, XTR has produced and financed over 80 feature films and documentary series. In 2021, XTR films received more award nominations than any other studio working in non-fiction. XTR – based on a true story.

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