UÝRA - The Rising Forest

Scene from the film UÝRA - The Rising Forest
scene from the film URYA—THE RISING FOREST

Director Juliana Curi’s feature documentary debut illuminates Indigenous contemporary trans visual artist Uýra. The lyrical and eye-popping film follows Uýra as they travel through the Amazon forest on a journey of self-discovery using performance art and ancestral messages to teach Indigenous youth the significance of identity and place. Through dance, poetry, and stunning characterization, Uýra confronts structural racism, transphobia, and environmental destruction, while emphasizing the interdependence of humans and the environment.

The inspiring film is co-presented by PBS’s POV documentary series with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Peril and Promise, a public media initiative from The WNET Group, and produced by João Henrique Kurtz, Curi, Lívia Cheibub and Martina Sönksen, and co-produced by Uýra Sodoma.

Film website: www.pbs.org/pov/films/uyratherisingforest

In Portuguese with English subtitles


Part of Cine con CulturaDoc Spots and New Queer Cinema series