Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel’s crisp, brisk “When Two Worlds Collide” captures the 2009 confrontation between Peru’s president Alan Garcia, hailing from the elites, and indigenous activists who intend to preserve their Amazonian rainforest home. Exploitation of resources is the core conflict, brought to a boil by indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, who rallies against Garcia and his actions. Violence ensues, and charges of sedition and murder follow the heated conflict. Brandenburg and Orzel’s pungent, partisan film draws much of its punch from on-the-ground reportage, capturing both stakes and conflict. “When Two Worlds Collide” won the World Cinema documentary competition prize for best first feature at Sundance 2016. 103m. (Ray Pride)
“When Two Worlds Collide” opens Friday, October 14 at Siskel. Brandenberg will appear at Saturday shows.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.