Directed by Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel | Peru-USA-UK | 2016 | 103 mins
CO-PRESENTED BY: Carnegie Nexus
PROMOTIONAL PARTNER: Sustainability Pioneers
ABOUT THE FILM
“A potent chronicle of the fight between indigenous tribes and government-supported business interests in the Peruvian Amazon.”
- Dennis Harvey
A local Peruvian political-environmental conflict explodes on screen into a far more global concern in the documentary When Two Worlds Collide. The film follows the natives of North Peru as they protest against the regime led by President Alan Garcia, as he pushes pro-mining initiatives to harvest the natural resources of the Bagua Region. Audiences catch a glimpse of what happens when policy pits indigenous people against the state government. When Two Worlds Collide offers a strong perspective into the disconnect between a government and its people, and the consequences faced in the struggle for a healthy environment.
ABOUT THE DIRECTORS
Heidi Brandenburg was born in Paraguay and raised in Moselle Valley Germany. She graduated from Film School at the University of Wales, and made the biopics: Don Silva (2006) and Sonnemann (2006). As a woman passionate about human nature and the environment, she co-founded Yachaywasi Films, which explores social and environmental issues challenging audiences to rethink preconceptions. Her first feature film When Two Worlds Collide is a testament to her insightful portrayals of character led documentary filmmaking far beyond the usual stereotypes.
Mathew Orzel is a documentary director and visual artist whose body of work focuses on the complexities of human relationships. He graduated with honors in Visual Communication from the University of Wales. With previous experience as a sound designer, editor, and director of short film, he co-founded Yachaywasi Films with Heidi Brandenburg to represent social injustice and environmental issues.