When Two Worlds Collide

  • Palace Electric Cinemas 2 Phillip Law Street Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia

DIR. HEIDE BRANDENBERG, MATHEW ORZEL | PERU | 2016 | 103 MINUTES

In 2007 Peruvian President Alan Garcia invited foreign companies to do business with the country by partnering on the extraction of oil, minerals and gases from The Amazon Rainforest. When Two Worlds Collide follows community leader Alberto Pizango whose impassioned plea to desist was met with brutality from the national police force - igniting one of the largest and most violent protests in the country’s history.

Directors Brandenburg splice together audaciously interview key figures from both sides, news reports and visceral third-party footage of the violent clashes, taking us directly into the line of fire of this deeply environmental, political conflict. Breathtakingly powerful, the film highlights the overwhelming imbalance in power between those acting to conserve their natural environment and those determined to monetise it.

At the end of a deftly-edited, heart-on-sleeve social documentary that toys with Fog of War moral ambiguities…viewers will be left stirred and indignant…
— Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

Winner: Special Jury Award for Best First Feature - Sundance 2016

Winner: Jury Prize - DocumentaMadrid 2016