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When Two Worlds Collide

Fall Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel / Feature Documentary / Peru, Qatar / 2016 / 107 min / Colour / Original Language: Spanish / Interests: Environmental, Politics, Biography, Social Issues, Based on a True Story


‘When Two Worlds Collide’ traces the epic journey of Alberto Pizango, an indigenous leader facing lifetime imprisonment for protecting the Peruvian Amazon. When he fights new legislation that has opened up his rainforest home to destruction, Pizango’s supporters trigger the largest indigenous protests in Peruvian history. Tragically, this ends in the deaths of both natives and police officers. Pizango was held responsible for the deaths despite the fact that he was in no way involved, and forced into exile. He finally returns to fight for his people and their way of life. The film trails the guilty parties on both sides of the battle as despotic decisions by government, political power plays and the tragedy of destroyed families tell a tale of paradise in peril. Ultimately, the audience is left to grapple with the facts and judge the truth for themselves.


Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel
Heidi Brandenburg, Mathew Orzel, Carla Gutierrez, Taira Akbar
Taira Akbar

About the Director

Heidi Brandenburg is a passionate observer of human nature and our environment. She co-founded Yachaywasi Films to explore social and environmental issues and challenge audiences to rethink preconceptions. Her first feature-length film, ‘When Two Worlds Collide’, expands on the signature character-driven style she developed in ‘Don Silva’ and ‘Sonnemann’ (both 2006). Brandenburg graduated with honours from the University of Wales. Born in Paraguay and raised in Peru and Germany, she now lives in Washington, DC.

Mathew Orzel is a documentary director and visual artist whose work focuses on the complexities of human relationships. He worked as a sound designer, editor and director in short filmmaking before co-founding Yachaywasi Films with the goal of representing social-justice and environmental issues. Orzel graduated with honours in with a degree in Visual Communication from the University of Wales. ‘When Two Worlds Collide’ is his first feature-length documentary.

Production Company Profile

Yachaywasi Films aims to provide thought-provoking and innovative documentary films that explore world issues while pushing the boundaries of how documentary films are made and perceived. By fusing artistic, cinematic and commercial principles, Yachaywasi Films is solidifying a novel documentary style. We communicate ideas to an expanding market, ranging from art-house cinema to mainstream television.

Awards and Festival History


Ambulante Documentary Film Festival 2016
AFI Film Festival 2016, SilverDocs
Film Forum 2016
Montclair Film Festival 2016, New Jersey Film Competitions
Nashville Film Festival 2016
Riverrun International Film Festival 2016
Sheffield Doc Festival 2016


Special Jury Award - Best Debut Feature, Sundance Film Festival 2016 (WP)
Grand Jury Prize - Best International Documentary, Documenta Madrid 2016
Golden Goblet for Best Documentary, Shanghai International Film Festival 2016
Best International Document


  • Main Contact

    Mathew Orzel

    Yachaywasi Films

  • Main Contact

    Taira Akbar

    Yachaywasi Films
    +51 974 597 811

  • Production Company

    Yachaywasi Films


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