Alex Pritz / Denmark, United States, Brazil / 2022 / 85 min / International Premiere
A network of government-backed farmers is eating into indigenous territory in the Brazilian rainforest, but a local activist and his team are fighting back with a video camera as a weapon.
Here is a film that can really get your blood boiling. In the Brazilian rainforest, a battle is being waged between the last of the indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe and the farmers who – with President Bolsonaro at their backs – are slowly eating into their otherwise protected territory. But young activist and leader Bitate has no intention of giving up without a fight. Together with his mentor, Neidinha, he is mobilising an army of self-taught journalists to patrol the jungle and catch the land grabbers in action. With a video camera as their only weapon against the chainsaws, Bitate and his men risk their lives to stop the clearing of the forest before it’s too late. ‘The Territory’ is a highly dramatic documentary in which the battle between right and wrong runs the gamut of emotions, but above all it is a furious and phenomenally compelling tale of courage and resistance.