It is an old battle between those humans who own the land by means of their ancestors, and those who need it or want to take it, for all the right and wrong reasons.
I started to watch this film and had to stop it because the vulnerability and courage of the Uru-eu-wau-wau in the Amazon is inspiring, but the reality they have to fight is sad to watch. And because some of those who want to take their land also are victims of a society that lacks respect for the forest and for the people’s right to live with dignity and to have their basic needs met.
This documentary by National Geographic has outstanding imagery and sound, to say the least. It was produced by Alex Pritz, a documentary film director, and cinematographer who focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural world.
The Territory will be shown at Doclands in San Rafael this Friday, May 6th, at 1:00 PM at the Smith Rafael Film Center, in San Rafael, Marin County, California. The filmmaker will be in attendance.
-Lupita Franco Peimbert