The Territory is a sobering reminder of the constant fear and danger Indigenous communities face day-by-day.
The subjects of Alex Pritz’s documentary are the Uru-eu-wau-wau, a tribe of just under 200 Brazilians who fight everyday to live on the land that has been passed down by previous generations. The Uru-eu-wau-wau are targets on a political and agricultural scope, as their rights are intimidated and belittled, and attempts are made to exploit their Amazonian property by non-natives. Pritz’s vision, while occasionally interrupted by artistic flare, offers a very close perspective for the audience. There’s no doubting that the documentarian had set up certain sequences to inform viewers on the Uru-eu-wau-wau lifestyle and the full extent of the environment, but Pritz doesn’t interfere with the message or integrity of the project.
The Territory can be very intense (a murdered member of the Uru-eu-wau-wau turning up on the side of the road is heartbreaking and, personally, nightmare-inducing). But with the appropriate emotional preparation, movie goers will leave having been impacted by this remarkable doc.
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