The Territory

Bud Watch Party ~ The Territory

Monday, January 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - 12:00am
Wednesday, January 4, 2023 - 12:00am
Thursday, January 5, 2023 - 12:00am
Friday, January 6, 2023 - 12:00am
Saturday, January 7, 2023 - 12:00am
Sunday, January 8, 2023 - 12:00am
Monday, January 9, 2023 - 12:00am
  • Virtual Event -- Access Info Below
A Brazilian land conflict with global ramifications, winner of the Audience Award for World Documentary Cinema at the 2022 Sundance Film Fest

The Territory provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers in the Brazilian Amazon.

Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people and filmed over the course of several years, The Territory offers an authentic portrait of an Indigenous community’s daily life and struggles. With its breathtaking cinematography showcasing the dramatic landscape and richly textured sound design, the film brings audiences deep into the precious ecosystem they are fighting to protect.

Since the Uru-eu-wau-wau were first contacted by the Brazilian government in 1981, their territory has become an island of green rainforest surrounded by denuded farms and ranches — the results of four decades of unchecked deforestation. The community has faced environmentally destructive and often violent incursions into their sovereign territory by nonnatives seeking to exploit the land. Illegal logging and land clearing incursions have become more frequent and more brazen over the years.

Inside Uru-eu-wau-wau territory, there are fewer than 200 people, including elders and children, to defend nearly 7,000 square miles of rainforest. On the edges of the protected lands, a network of farmers organizes to stake their claims through official channels, while individual land-grabbers begin clear-cutting swaths of rainforest for themselves. With the community’s survival at stake, Bitaté Uru-eu-wau-wau and Neidinha Bandeira — a young Indigenous leader and his female mentor — must find new ways to protect the rainforest from encroaching invaders. But rather than rely on others to tell their story, the Uru-eu-wau-wau take control of the narrative and create their own news media team to bring the world the truth.

How to access The Territory

Register at the button above for access to watch the film during Bud Werner Library's 7-day screening window. Shortly before our screening window opens on Tuesday, Jan. 2, you'll get an email that includes your personal link and access code so you can watch the 83-minute film at home any time during our exclusive screening window that lasts until 11:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.


Run Time: 

83 min.

About Bud's Watch Party

In addition to our in-person film screenings in Library Hall, Bud Werner Library continues to spearhead special opportunities to view hot documentaries at home. The library hopes that you'll enjoy watching these thoughtful films, then come together for community conversations to share the experience.