Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

When Two Worlds Collide

2016, Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel, Peru/USA/UK, 103 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 14th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 15th 5:15pm
  • Sun, Oct 16th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Oct 17th 8:15pm
  • Tue, Oct 18th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Oct 19th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Oct 20th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Director in person!

“A strikingly present documentary…told with the page-turning velocity of an airport paperback.” — David Ehrlich, IndieWire

A charismatic hero, a hissable villain, and a suspenseful underdog battle would seem to be the stuff of fiction, but it’s all true in this compelling documentary account of the 2009 clash between indigenous Peruvian people fighting to protect their ancestral lands and government officials eager to exploit them. The political elite of Peru, led by arrogant President Alan García, consider the Amazonian natives to be savages, their rain-forest homeland a waste of resources, and their dignified leader Alberto Pizango a thug. Evading U.N. and constitutional safeguards, the government opens up the Amazon to foreign logging and oil interests, leading to a tense standoff between protesters and police at an oil pipeline station. The filmmakers are at ground zero when the hammer drops, obtaining extraordinarily immediate footage of snipers firing from rooftops, police dragging casualties out of an ambulance, and Pizango narrowly escaping out a window. The struggle goes on, as the uproar escalates, the government seems to make concessions, and Pizango returns from Nicaraguan exile to face trial for sedition and murder. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)

OCTOBER 15: Co-director Heidi Brandenburg will be present for audience discussion.

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