Indigenous peoples fight to save best Amazon film – Calgary Herald at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival | Episode Movies

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The Territory is the $5,000 Grand Prize Winner of the 2022 Banff Mountain Film Competition.

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Produced by National Geographic and others, the film is an immersive look at an indigenous community struggling against ongoing deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. It takes the audience deep into the Uru-eu-woof-woof territory and offers unprecedented access to the farmers and settlers who are illegally burning and clearing the protected indigenous lands. The film, directed in part by the Uru-eu-wow-wow people, draws on vérité footage taken over three years as the community risked their lives to uncover the truth.

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“Alex Pritz and his crew truly deserve the grand prize for The Territory, a hard-hitting film that explores the conflict between Brazil’s indigenous peoples and the ‘settlers,'” commented film jury member Divyesh Muni.

“We are deeply moved and devastated as the young indigenous leader and his mentor fight a losing battle to save the Brazilian rainforest, which is vital not only for the local people but for the entire world. The courage and tenacity of the outnumbered natives is inspirational. The film is an alarm and a call to action to save Earth’s “lungs.”

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Other winners of the 2022 Banff Mountain Film Competition are:

Best Film, Adventure and Exploration: A White Dream (France, 2021)

Nature photographer Jérémie Villet loves to travel alone through the white expanses of the northern hemisphere. With only his pack and telephoto lens for company, he searches for animals that survive in extreme cold, hoping to capture the perfect image that expresses his intimate relationship with wildlife and the harsh landscape.

Best Film, Environment: Harassment Bear (Canada, 2021)

Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as an international polar bear photography destination. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here, but what do these bears see of us? Through a shift in perspective, Nuisance Bear reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers that bears must traverse during their annual migration.

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Best Film, Mountain Sports: Tempo II. Movements in the Jungle (USA, 2022)

A conceptual exploration of the shared feelings between music and mountains – Tempo II. Movements in Jungle is set in the world’s largest urban jungle and explores styles of Brazilian drumming and trail running.

Best Film, Mountain Culture: Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest (USA, 2022)

Pasang chronicles Pasang Lhamu Sherpa’s tragic and inspirational journey, becoming the first Nepalese woman to scale Everest in 1993. As an uneducated, indigenous woman and Buddhist in a Hindu kingdom, Pasang’s dream of climbing the legendary mountain pits her against family, foreign climbers, her own government, and nature itself.

Best Film, Climbing: From Shadow to Light (France, 2022)

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Delve into the mind of French alpinist Charles Dubouloz as he attempts a rarely repeated route on the fabled north face of the Grandes Jorasses and spends five cold midwinter nights alone above the lights of Chamonix, France.

Best Film, Snow Sports: Balkan Express (Germany, 2022)

The German mountaineers Max Kroneck and Jochen Mesle book a one-way train ticket from Munich to Thessaloniki – and start their 2,500-kilometer journey home by bike and ski. You’ll explore the mountains of the Balkans, look for the most beautiful ski slopes and spend good times with locals along the way.

Best Feature Film: Fire of Love (USA, 2022)

For two decades, daring French volcanologist couple Katia and Maurice Krafft roamed the planet chasing eruptions and documenting their discoveries. Ultimately, they perished in a volcanic explosion in 1991, leaving a legacy that has forever enriched our knowledge of nature.

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Best Short Film: Wood Hood (US, 2021)

DeVaughn is a 15-year-old boy from New York City who loves skateboarding and longs for a “quiet place” to escape from the chaos of his home, the city, and the kids who steal from him. The film follows a week-long group camping trip, and as we move between the city and the forest, we witness the joy and growth that is possible when children have the opportunity to find that ‘quiet place’.

Creative Excellence Award: Theory of Creation (USA, 2022)

In Creation Theory, nature’s raw elements converge in the Westfjords of Iceland, taking us on a journey from the interstellar birth of gravity and rhythm to its ultimate human creative expression: surfers on the wave, snowboarders on the summit, and musicians on the Stage.

Audience Award: Wild Waters (Switzerland, 2022)

Adventurer, competitor, daughter, friend, pioneer, heroine and badass are all words used to describe French kayaker Nouria Newman. The film follows Nouria as she prepares to become the first woman to jump a 100-foot waterfall.

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