True Life Fund

In 2007, True/False created the True Life Fund, a philanthropic effort that raises money and awareness for the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund allows us, as viewers, to respond to the stories we see on-screen and create change by offering tangible assistance to the real-life subjects of a new nonfiction film. It acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people who are often of limited means. The fund serves as a small way for us to repay that gift. Spotlighting one movie each year, we support and honor those who share their stories in front of the camera. Collaborating with filmmakers, whose intimate knowledge of their “characters” enables us to pinpoint needs, we work hard to make sure that this money is given and received with as much thought as possible.

The 2022 True Life Fund film is THE TERRITORY

Dir. Alex Pritz; 2022;  85 min.

Through the True Life Fund, True/False acknowledges the risks, sacrifices, and contributions of documentary subjects; the dangerous documentation efforts undertaken by the Uru-eu-wau-wau Indigenous surveillance team are essential to preserving their way of life and Indigenous land in Brazil. This beautiful and compelling film confronts ongoing land grabs and deforestation in the Amazon; indigenous forests are rapidly disappearing at the hands of farmers and government inaction. Director Alex Pritz (T/F Rough Cut Retreat 2021), collaborated with the Uru-eu-wau-wau community to bring the heart of the Amazon into the global consciousness.

The True Life Fund itself comprises thousands of individual gifts from festival attendees, which can be made in person at the screenings or by texting TLF to 53555 through April 30, 2022. Funds raised will go toward helping the Uru-eu-wau-wau community’s ongoing documentation efforts to preserve indigenous land in the Amazon.


In addition to text-to-give and in person at the screenings, donations can be made online below, or by mailing a check made out to Ragtag Film Society with TLF on the memo line to: 5 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201. Donations to the True Life Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.



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