News: When Two Worlds Collide

By Jo Phillips

The powerful new movie When Two Worlds Collide has now been released in UK cinemas after its US theatrical release this summer. The movie is a documentary about the conflicts in Peru over the extraction of oils, minerals and gas from previously untouched indigenous Amazonian land. It is directed by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel and produced by Taira Akbar and furthermore, it is the Sundance World Cinema documentary special jury prize-winner. In this tense movie, the viewers experience the line of fire between powerful Peruvian factions who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact. “When Two Worlds Collide” shows President Alan Garcia and the Peruvian government who aggressively begin to extract oil, minerals, and gas from untouched indigenous Amazonian land. On the other side, it features the fierce opposition from indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, who holds impassioned speeches against Garcia’s destructive actions and proves a powerful rallying cry to throngs of his supporters.


The director of the movie, Heidi Brandenburg, explores social and environmental issues and her aim is to make the audience rethink preconceptions. She observes human nature and the environment and this is her first full-length film. The works of the documentary director and visual artist Mathew Orzel focus on the complexities of human relationships. His goal is to represent social justice and environmental issues. The producer Taira Akbar aims to provide voice for underrepresented cultural groups through her works. Editor Carla Gutierrez is well-known for her Oscar and Emmy nominated movies and the composer H. Scott Salinas has also contributed towards an impressive variety of notable projects. The movie is out now and you can watch the trailer here.

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