Sundance ’22: Nat Geo Documentary Films acquires “Fire of Love,” “The Territory”

National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired global rights to a pair of Sundance Film Festival documentaries that recently held their world premieres. First, Nat Geo has snapped up Fire of Love, ...
January 24, 2022

National Geographic Documentary Films has acquired global rights to a pair of Sundance Film Festival documentaries that recently held their world premieres.

First, Nat Geo has snapped up Fire of Love, the newest film from director Sara Dosa (The Seer and the Unseen), which premiered as a Day One selection in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition at this year’s festival. The film is produced by Shane Boris and Ina Fichman, and executive produced by Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop.

The doc captures the love story between French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, who researched and captured spectacular imagery of volcanoes, and later died while conducting this work.

National Geographic Documentary Films will release Fire of Love theatrically later this year. The documentary is a Sandbox Films, Intuitive Pictures and Cottage M production.

“We are absolutely honored to begin our journey with National Geographic Documentary Films,” Dosa said in a press release. “They champion cinematic storytelling about the wonders and power of the natural world, so there is truly no better fit for our ode to love and volcanoes.”

National Geographic Documentary Films has also acquired the rights to the documentary The Territory, which is screening in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Territory covers the fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against encroaching deforestation brought by illegal loggers and non-native farmers in the Brazilian Amazon. The film includes unprecedented access covering the Uru-eu-wau-wau community and the attempts of loggers and farmers to colonize the protected rainforest.

The film is director Alex Pritz’s debut feature, and was coproduced by the Uru-eu-wau-wau community with activist Txai Surui aboard as an executive producer. The film is also produced by Sigrid Dyekjaer, Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures, and Passion Pictures, as well as Will N. Miller, Lizzie Gillett and Gabriel Uchida. It was made by Documist, Associação Jupaú do Povo Uru-eu-wau-wau, Real Lava, Passion Pictures and Protozoa Pictures in association with Time Studios and XTR with backing from Luminate and Doc Society.

“We are honored to bring the story of the Uru-eu-wau-wau people to the world and help further the conversation and raise awareness around the endangered Amazon rainforest and its indigenous people,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president of global scripted content and documentary films for National Geographic, in a statement. “We are equally excited to be working with our longtime friend Sigrid Dyekjaer whose talent for shepherding stories of impact and advocacy is unprecedented and with our frequent collaborator Darren Aronofsky, a visionary storyteller with an unmatched eye for breakthrough talent.”

The team behind The Territory will also launch an impact campaign to elevate Indigenous voices and fight deforestation through nature- and community-based solutions.

National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released such acclaimed documentary works as Free Solo, The Cave, and most recently in 2021, Becoming Cousteau, The First Wave and The Rescue.

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