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Wednesday January 04, 2023
How ‘The Territory’ documents what may be a last stand for the rainforest
In “The Territory,” the debut feature documentary by director and cinematographer Alex Pritz, tradition meets innovation in a struggle not only to preserve a way of life, but to sustain a fragile ecosystem crucial to tempering the global climate crisis. The story weaves together the mission of the Uru-eu-wau-wau, an Indigenous group of fewer than 200 people, living in a 7,000-square-mile section of Rondônia, a state in central-west Brazil; Neidinha Bandeira, the longtime activist who champions their cause; and the working-class settlers who see an opportunity to take something for themselves, within the law or outside of it.