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National Geography’s “The Territory” Takes Top Honor At 2022 Jackson Wild Media Awards

Favorite festival performers At the Jackson Wild Summit in Burgenland, Austria, on Thursday (September 29), Jackson Wild announced the winners of its annual Media Awards, honoring excellence in nature, science, and conservation storytelling. All That Breathes and My Garden of a Thousand Bees were added to their award collections. 

The Territory, a long-form conservation documentary from National Geographic Documentary Films, won both the Grand Teton Award and the medal for outstanding overall production. All That Breathes, which won the Golden Eye for best documentary at Cannes and the Grand Jury Medal at Sundance earlier this year, won both the program category prize for best feature and the craft award for best editing.

The nominations for best on-screen personality and best cinematography went to My Garden of a Thousand Bees, respectively. 

In total, 24 prizes were given out in the categories of program type, subject, and craft, as well as special jury recognitions in the impact campaign and innovation in green production categories. The Jackson Wild Legacy awards for this year, which went to veteran independent producer and filmmaker Brian Leith and wildlife conservationist Dr. Paula Kahumbu, as well as the Rising Star award, which went to producer and director Faith Musembi, were also handed out at the ceremony. 

More About The Territory

The Territory Associaço Jupa, Protozoa Pictures, Passion Pictures, Real Lava, Document, and National Geographic Documentary Films. Time Studios and the XTR Doc Society Climate Story Fund are partners.

THE TERRITORY offers an in-depth look at the ongoing struggle of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people in the Brazilian Amazon against the advancing devastation brought on by farmers and unauthorized settlers. The film immerses viewers in the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and gives them unrivaled access to the farmers and settlers who are illegally clearing and burning the protected Indigenous land.

The film’s breathtaking cinematography highlights the titular landscape and richly textured sound design. The documentary, which was partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, is based on vérité footage shot over a three-year period as members of the community took risks with their lives to establish their own news team in the hopes of uncovering the truth.

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