When Two Worlds Collide

Official film description

In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact.

On the one side is President Alan Garcia, who, eager to enter the world stage, begins aggressively extracting oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. He is quickly met with fierce opposition from indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions prove a powerful rallying cry to throngs of his supporters.

When Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war of words erupts into deadly violence.

Notes on the film

An outstanding film, an extensive investigation over several years on the struggle of indigenous peoples defending their territory in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest against the invasion of oil companies, who have caused large-scale pollution of the land and water. The film is similar to a political thriller, but unfortunately it is not fiction. It describes the multidimensional struggle on the economic level by means of the pressure for Free Trade Agreements and political strategies and insincerity, violence, murder and manslaughter, and in how far the population resists a secret change of law (the Ley 1090, which invalidates indigenous land rights) and fights for the preservation of the rainforest.

The film is particularly exciting in terms of how the historical and political events are portrayed in the media and how much influence they have on the events themselves and on the support of a neo-liberal narrative and the associated destruction of rainforests.

Further reviews

A must-watch. – Screen Daily

Hair-rising footage. – Variety

Poignant... dramatic. – Hollywood Reporter

Emotionally gripping. – Star Tribune

Audience Award - Best Film – Zurich Film Festival 2016

Special Jury Prize - World Cinema Documentary – Sundance Film Festival 2016

Grand Jury Prize – Madrid International Documentary Film Festival 2016

Golden Goblet - Best Documentary – Shanghai International Film Festival 2016

Best Documentary - Special Mention "For its unique access and for masterfully weaving together multiple threads that give the audience a unique perspective on an urgent and compelling story, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE receives a Special Jury Mention." – Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 2016

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel
Production: Taira Akbar, Yachaywasi Films
Music: H. Scott Salinas
 
Year: 2016
Duration: 103 min
Language (audio): English, Spanish
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: Peru, United States, United Kingdom
Shooting Locations: Peru, Nicaragua
Our age recommendation: 16
 
Screening rights: The Film Sales Company ()

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Main topic(s): Natural Resources & Mining
Secondary topics: fossil fuel toxins courage politics drinking water health growth activism
Mentions: oil coal civil war Amazon conflict investigation rainforest indigenous pollution fight rights free trade agreement poisoning mobilization resistance grassroots Aidesep petro Peru
Topic Page(s): Natural Resources & Mining

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