When Two Worlds Collide (Opening Night)

  • ACMI CINEMAS Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000 Australia

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

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 and Orzel audaciously splice together interview footage featuring 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

special Event details

The festival will be opened by long-time environmental campaigner and EFFA Festival Patron, Bob Brown. 

After the film, guests will head downstairs to the ACMI Lightwell and be treated to an opening night celebration with complimentary canapes, and drinks courtesy of the Good Beer Co. DJ Love Hertz will spin some tunes as guests kick-off the conversations of EFFA 2016. 

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