Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
‘When Two Worlds Collide’ employs a variety of styles and approaches to construct a single gripping narrative.
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When Two Worlds Collide

In this tense and immersive tour de force, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE brings audiences directly into the line of fire between two powerful, opposing Peruvian factions who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. On the one side is President Alan Garcia and the Peruvian government 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 the indigenous people living in the Amazon jungle, led by Alberto Pizango, whose impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions become a rallying cry. When President Garcia continues to ignore their pleas, a tense war of words erupts into deadly violence, bloody protests and chaotic clashes between both sides.

First-­­time feature documentary filmmakers Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel capture all angles of this volatile political and environmental crisis with breathtaking access and bold, unflinching camera work. From the raucous halls of justice to deep in the heart of the Amazon jungle, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE exposes a titanic clash between a government hungry for economic legitimacy and a people, led by an outspoken environmentalist, desperate to protect an ancient land from ruin.

The filmmakers immersed themselves in Peru for several years to flesh out this complex story. Their close relationship with Pizango, an eye for Amazonian beauty, and no-­­holds-­­barred interviews with Peru’s political cupola come together to create a heart-­­pumping tale of defiance and courage. The film captures this continuously important story linking indigenous rights and the sustainability of the Amazon rainforest told against the backdrop of globalization.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 9.16.16 - 9.22.16
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Web Site: http://www.whentwo...
Runtime: 103 min
Language: Spanish

Director: Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel

  • Winner, Special Jury Prize ~ World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
  • Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: David Ehrlich, indieWIRE
On July 28, 2006, Alan García was sworn in to office for his second term as the President of Peru, 16 years since his first stint ended with social unrest and severe hyperinflation. In 2007, he delivered a nationally televised address in which he invited (or pleaded with) Amer...