A new National Geographic documentary film will show a deeper look into the fight of the Amazon’s Indigenous Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people to stop deforestation brought by farmers and illegal settlers.

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The Territory follows the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau community and the farmers and settlers who are illegally burning and clearing protected Indigenous land.

The film is different in that it is partially shot by the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau people on vérité footage captured over three years. The community has risked their lives to set up their news media team to help expose the truth of what is happening to their home.

The film is a Sundance award-winning documentary and the first feature film from Alex Pritz with award-winning producers Sigrid Dyekjær and Darren Aronofsky. The film will be released in select cities and theaters on August 19th, including New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Seattle, and Austin. The nationwide rollout will follow.

In conjunction with the film release, a multi-year impact campaign will launch in support of the Indigenous land defenders across the Amazon. The campaign will be focused on boosting the voices of Indigenous media creators, strengthening legal protections, and advancing international legislation and resourcing to combat illegal deforestation.

Meat consumption leading to habitat exploitation is one of the main drivers of Amazon deforestation. Shifting to a more plant-based diet and curbing meat consumption can tremendously help the planet, The United Nation recently released a report warning countries about the dangers of climate change and has urged people to eat more plant-based as a way to curb it. We highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes, it is the largest meatless, plant-based/vegan, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

To learn more about the fires and deforestation in the Amazon, please see The Amazon Rainforest is Burning at Alarming Rates, 300 Football Fields Worth of Flames Caused by Our Snacks, and Beef Production is Killing the Amazon Rainforest. Be sure to read the Pope’s plea to help the amazon, why it’s important to stop deforestation, how companies are exploiting the area, and indigenous tribes’ visit to Europe to discuss the situation.

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