National Geographic Documentary Films Announces First Dates for Two-Time Sundance Award Winner The Territory
A co-production with indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, the award-winning feature documentary showcases the environmental injustices happening in the Brazilian Amazon
The film will premiere on National Geographic Channel on Thursday, December 1 and stream the following day, Friday, December 2, on Disney+
“There is no more urgent film that demands your attention this year.”
The Envelope, Katie Walsh
“…a striking portrait of a vanishing community.”
Los Angeles Times, Robert Abele
“Fascinating and despairing in equal parts… Crafted with precision. Has an impact.”
Variety, Guy Lodge
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**IDA Prize – Selection of the list of the best feature documentaries**
**Selection from DOC NYC Shortlist**
**Gotham Awards – Nominated for Best Documentary**
** Seven-time Cinema Eye Award nominee **
Outstanding Non-Fiction Feature
Outstanding Original Music
Outstanding sound design
People’s Choice Finalist
**Nominated three times for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards**
Best First Documentary Feature
Best Science/Nature Documentary
WASHINGTON, November 15, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, National Geographic Documentary Films announced the official National Geographic Linear and Disney+ dates for THE TERRITORY, the award-winning debut feature documentary from director Alex Pritz. The critically acclaimed film will premiere on National Geographic Channel on Thursday, December 1 at 10 p.m. EST/PST and will then be available to stream the following day, Friday, December 2, on Disney+.
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.
The film is produced by Oscar®-Nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Oscar and Emmy nominee® Award-winning Sigrid Dyekjær (“The Cave”), Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett and Pritz. It is produced by Indigenous activist Txai Suruí, editing by Carlos Rojas Felice, with original score by Katya Mihailova, sound design by Peter Albrechtsen and Rune Klausen, and sound mixing by Tim Nielsen at Skywalker Ranch. THE TERRITORY is a co-production with the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau indigenous community.
With unprecedented access to both sides of the conflict, THE TERRITORY is an intimate, multi-layered thriller that catapults viewers into the life-and-death battle for the Amazon rainforest.
“As an independently produced documentary, we’ve dreamed of sharing the story of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau with a global audience since we embarked on this project in 2018,” Pritz said. “Our planet is at a critical crossroads, and we can’t imagine a better partner than Disney+ to help bring this urgent message about environmental protection to households around the world in hopes of meaningful change. “
Partly 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 TERRITORY is the epitome of a Nat Geo Documentary Films release, combining stunning cinematography, engaging storytelling and ethical collaboration with Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau participants throughout its production and impact campaign. We’re thrilled to bring the project more exposure on the global Disney+ platform,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of scripted and documentary films for National Geographic.
THE TERRITORY hit theaters nationwide this summer following its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival as part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition, where it won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Craft as well as the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award . Director Alex Pritz was recently named the 2022 BAFTA Breakthrough recipient – named among the very few to feature the best work in film, games and TV. The film was recently nominated for seven categories of prestigious Cinema Eye Awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Original Score, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Debut and was chosen as a finalist for the People’s Choice Award.
To date, the film has screened at over 115 festivals worldwide and has won over 20 awards, including:
Jackson Wild Media Award – Grand Teton Award
True/False Recipient of the 2022 True Life Fund
Provincetown International Film Festival John Schlesinger Documentary Award
DocsBarcelona Amnesty International Catalonia Award
Monaco Better World Fund Award – Best Documentary Film
MountainFilm – Minds Moving Mountains Award
Films That Matter – Activist Documentary Award
Alongside the theatrical release of the film, a multi-year impact campaign was launched to support indigenous land defenders across the Amazon. The campaign aims to amplify the voices of Indigenous media creators, strengthen legal protections for Indigenous territories, and advance international law and resources to combat illegal deforestation. In 2023, the campaign will hold a series of screenings in indigenous communities in the Amazon with the aim of ensuring the film reaches as many people as possible facing similar threats and empowering them to continue taking action. 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 previously released the Oscar®, BAFTA and the seven-time Emmy Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. In 2022, he released Sundance Award-winning “Fire of Love” and “The Territory,” as well as the short film “The Flagmakers.” Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include BAFTA nominees ‘The Rescue’ and ‘Becoming Cousteau’, three-time Emmy Award winner ‘The First Wave’ and Emmy winner ‘LA 92’. and “Jane”.
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