National Geographic Documentary Films and Picturehouse Release Trailer for Two-Time Sundance Award Winner “THE TERRITORY”
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Geographic Documentary Films and Picturehouse released the official trailer and key art for THE TERRITORY, the award-winning debut feature documentary from director Alex Pritz. Produced by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Sigrid Dyekjær (“The Cave”), Oscar®-nominated and Emmy-winning Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett and Pritz, executive produced by activist Txai Suruí, edited by Carlos Rojas Felice, with an original score by Katya Mihailova and sound design by Peter Albrechtsen and Rune Klausen, and sound editing by Tim Nielsen at Skywalker Ranch. The film is a co-production with the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau indigenous community.
THE TERRITORY offers an immersive look at the tireless struggle of the indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people of the Amazon against the encroaching deforestation brought about by farmers and illegal settlers. With impressive cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and a richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community and provides unprecedented access to the burning and clearing farmers and settlers. illegally protected indigenous lands.
Partially shot by the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people, the film draws on truth footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to create their own press crew in hopes of exposing the truth .
The film hits theaters in select cities on Friday, August 19, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Seattle, and Austin, with an ongoing national rollout to follow. THE TERRITORY premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition and won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Craftsmanship as well as the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, followed by numerous other awards , including the True/False True Life Fund Recipient 2022, CPH:DOX Special Jury Mention, Movies That Matter Activist Documentary Award, Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary, Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival Audience Award, Provincetown International Film Festival John Schlesinger Documentary Award, the International Wildlife Film Festival Best Sustainable Planet Award and Best Festival Award, DocsBarcelona Amnesty International Catalunya Award and MountainFilm Minds Moving Mountains Award.
Along with the theatrical release of the film, a multi-year impact campaign will be launched to support indigenous land defenders across the Amazon. The campaign will focus on amplifying the voices of Indigenous media creators, strengthening legal protections for Indigenous territories, and promoting international legislation and resources to combat illegal deforestation. The impact campaign is led by Documist, alongside Think-Film Impact Production and an extensive network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.
THE TERRITORY was produced by three-time Oscar-winning 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.
National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released the Oscar-winning, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. In 2021 they released “Becoming Cousteau”, “Fauci”, “The First Wave”, “The Rescue” and “Torn”. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance People’s Choice Award winners “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows”; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane,” both of which were included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis”.
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 133 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 donates 27% of its profits to the non-profit National Geographic Society to fund work in science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
About Picture House
Picturehouse is a Los Angeles-based film marketing and distribution company led by CEO Bob Berney and COO Jeanne R. Berney. The company acquires, markets and distributes global content across all platforms. Originally established in 2005 as a joint venture between Time Warner’s HBO Films and New Line Cinema, the Picturehouse brand has a long history of excellence. For more information, visit picturehouse.com or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.