Disney has announced that the National Geographic Documentary Film “The Territory” is coming to Disney+ and the National Geographic channel in the United States in December.

The critically acclaimed film from director Alex Pritz, will premiere on National Geographic Channel Thursday, December 1st 2022, at 10 p.m. EST/PST and will then be available to stream the next day, Friday, 2nd December 2022, on Disney+ in the United States. While no international release on Disney+ has yet been confirmed, I’d expect it to arrive either on the same day or shortly after the US release date.

“The Territory” provides an immersive look at the tireless fight of the Amazon’s Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community and provides unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers illegally burning and clearing the protected Indigenous land.

The film is produced by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Sigrid Dyekjær (“The Cave”), Will N. Miller, Gabriel Uchida, Lizzie Gillett and Pritz. It is executive produced by Indigenous activist Txai Suruí, edited by Carlos Rojas Felice, with an original score by Katya Mihailova, sound design by Peter Albrechtsen and Rune Klausen, and sound mixing by Tim Nielsen at Skywalker Ranch. “The Territory” is a co-production with the Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community.

With unprecedented access to both sides of the conflict, “The Territory” is an intimate, multilayered thriller that catapults viewers into the life-or-death battle for the Amazon rainforest.

Alex Pritz said in a statement:

“As an independently made documentary, it’s been a dream of ours to share the story of the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau with a global audience since we first embarked on this project back in 2018.  Our planet sits at a critical crossroads, and we can’t imagine a better partner than Disney+ to help bring this urgent message about environmental protection to households around the world with the hope of meaningful change.”

Partially shot by the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people, the film relies on vérité footage captured over three years as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.

Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of Scripted and Documentary Films for National Geographic also said:

“The Territory” is the epitome of a Nat Geo Documentary Films release, combining stunning cinematography, gripping storytelling and ethical collaboration with the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau participants throughout its production and impact campaign. We are so delighted that we bring further awareness to the project on the global platform of Disney+”

“The Territory” was released in theaters nationwide this summer after premiering at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition, where it won the Special Jury Award for Documentary Craft as well as the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award. Director Alex Pritz was recently named a 2022 BAFTA Breakthrough recipient — named among the very few who display the best work in film, games and television. The film was most recently nominated for seven categories of prestigious Cinema Eye Awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Feature, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Cinematography, Outstanding Original Score, Outstanding Sound Design, Outstanding Debut and has been chosen as an Audience Choice Prize finalist.

To date, the film has screened at over 115 festivals globally and has won over 20 awards, including:

  • Jackson Wild Media Award – Grand Teton Award
  • True/False True Life Fund Recipient 2022
  • Provincetown International Film Festival John Schlesinger Documentary Award
  • DocsBarcelona Amnesty International of Catalonia Award
  • Monaco Better World Fund Award – Best Documentary Film
  • MountainFilm – Minds Moving Mountains Award
  • Movies that Matter – Activist Documentary Award

Alongside the film’s theatrical release, a multiyear impact campaign launched in support of Indigenous land defenders across the Amazon. The campaign focuses on amplifying the voices of Indigenous media creators, strengthening legal protections for Indigenous territories, and advancing international legislation and resourcing to combat illegal deforestation. In 2023, the campaign will host a series of screenings in Indigenous communities across the Amazon in an effort to ensure the film reaches as many people as possible who are facing similar threats and empower them to continue taking action. The impact campaign is led by Documist alongside Think-Film Impact Production and a broad network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

“The Territory” was made by Documist, Associação Jupaú do Povo Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau, Real Lava, three-time Oscar-winning Passion Pictures and Protozoa Pictures, in association with TIME Studios and XTR with backing from Luminate and Doc Society.

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