UÝRA: The Rising Forest

CIFF Streams

April 2, 2023 - April 9, 2023

Original Title
UÝRA - A Retomada da Floresta
Brazil, USA
closed captions
audio description
english subtitles
film contact
Azores Filmes
film contact email
[email protected]

Journey through the Amazon forest with transgender non-binary Indigenous artist Uýra on their mission to enlighten and educate Brazilian youth about racism, transphobia, and the environment in this lyrical mix of performance art and vérité filmmaking. Winner of the Best Documentary Audience Award at Frameline Film Festival. —M.G.

In the city of Manaus, Brazil, performance artist Uýra rises. Through acts of political resistance and unbridled creative expression, Uýra rejects the status quo of a society ravaged by the pollution and destruction of the natural world, which pushes fellow trans nonbinary Indigenous people into the margins. A convergence of activism, ecology, and imagination, the work is born from a drive to connect people to their ancestral heritage. Through this performance, they draw together a community that embraces their collective Indigenous roots, all while combating the structural racism and transphobia of our time and the ongoing erasure of native cultural histories and identities. With breathtaking cinematography as Uýra travels through the lush Amazon rainforest, UÝRA: THE RISING FOREST is a feast for the senses that challenges the destructive nature of modern, authoritarian societies. —C.F.

Queer Cinema
Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
Indigenous Cinema
CIFF47 Streams
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing By a Woman

Community Partners

BorderLight International Theatre + Fringe Festival
LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland