Film highlights battle to stop Amazon deforestation

STORY: “I think the the situation, especially for indigenous people, is is getting worse.”

This filmmaker captured an Amazonian

tribe’s fight to keep its ancestral lands

(Alex Pritz, Filmmaker)

“The Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau were very suspicious of me when I first arrived and began trying to explain what it was that I do for a living, you know, make films. And I think rightly so. “

“The Territory” follows members

of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau tribe

as they try to stop farmers and settlers

from taking their land in the state of Rondonia

It comes at a pivotal time

for the world’s largest rainforest

Illegal logging and mining has surged

under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro

who has cut back environmental protections

“Sadly, that ends up falling on these, you know, small populations of people to defend these huge areas of land. And, you know, they're doing it to defend themselves and their home. But it's also really important for the rest of us outside of Brazil to recognize that they're doing it for us, too and that their work is helping save all of us from the worst effects of our own emissions in in this warming planet."