The Territory

Alex Pritz

The small and shrinking indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people in the Amazon are threatened by land grabbers. They choose 18-year-old Bitaté as their leader, and together with activist Neidinha he is determined not to roll over. But when Jair Bolsonaro becomes president, the forces attacking them get free reign.

The Uru-eu-wau-wau are an indigenous people living in the Amazon. Their habitat and livelihood are threatened by loggers and land grabbers who want to use their land for agricultural development. When young Bitaté is chosen as leader of the tribe, he decides to take on a tough stance, forming patrols and using drones to track down invaders. Meanwhile environmental activist Neidinha does everything she can to get the authorities to defend the rights of the Uru-eu-wau-wau.

But the political climate is against them. Jair Bolsonaro’s violent rhetoric spurs a wave of attacks against indigenous leaders and environmentalists. And people such as farmer Sérgio and settler Martins think they have every right to take the Uru-eu-wau-wau’s land. The Uru-eu-wau-wau are becoming desperate: time’s running out before their land is completely taken away.

Credits

Director
Alex Pritz
Producer
Will Miller, Sigrid Dyekjær
Year
2022
Country of production
Brazil, Denmark, United States
Type
Documentary
Duration
86 minutes
Spoken language
Portuguese, Tupi
Subtitles
EN
Production company
National Geographic
World Sales
Dogwoof