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When Two Worlds Collide
A film by Heidi Brandenburg & Mathew Orzel

103 minutes, documentary, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 2016

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In this tense and immersive Sundance award-winner, 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.

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"Critic's Pick! A stellar doc...devastating...the rawest vision of capitalism run amok. Epochal moments on the screen." - The Village Voice

"Surprisingly dramatic." - The Hollywood Reporter

"A potent chronicle of the fight between indigenous tribes and government-supported business interests in the Peruvian Amazon. Hair-raising footage." - Variety

"Plunges viewers straight into the middle of an escalating battle between those who want to use the Amazon for its resources and those who want to protect it...powerfully explores both sides of the divide." - Indiewire

"Tells with gripping immediacy the real-life Shakespearean tragedy of the Baguazo, a story that isn't over yet. Fast-paced drama...eloquent...wrenching." - Associated Press


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