On Monday, September 25, 2023, “Uýra: The Rising Forest” will make its national broadcast premiere at 10pmET/9C (check local listings).
By: Valerie Milano
Photos: Thiago Moraes
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 9/18/23 – The Emmy® Award-winning series “POV” on PBS showcases the works of talented filmmakers worldwide. One of their latest releases is director Juliana Curi’s feature documentary debut, “Uýra: The Rising Forest.” The film follows the journey of Uýra, an Indigenous contemporary visual artist, as they traversed the Amazon Forest in search of self-discovery. Using performance art and ancestral messages, Uýra sought to teach Indigenous youth about the importance of identity and place while confronting structural racism, transphobia, and the environmental destruction of Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest.
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It’s a stunning film that showcases the work of Uýra, an artist who uses organic elements to create elaborate costumes that blur the lines between humans, animals, and plants. Her creations were awe-inspiring, using leaves, bark, fibers, plumage, and natural dyes to create hybrid creatures that freely move between the forest and the city. Uýra’s work is a commentary on the impact of anthropocentrism and industrialization. Her art encourages viewers to consider how we have separated ourselves from nature and the consequences of such actions. Her creations remind us that we are not just humans but a part of the natural world. As her work continues to draw crowds, it has become an inspiration for many. Reminding us to appreciate nature’s beauty and consider our impact on the world around us. It sends a powerful message that resonates with people worldwide, and Uýra’s legacy continues to grow. Uýra’s work is a testament to the power of art to inspire change. Her creations are not just beautiful but a call to action, reminding us of our responsibility to the natural world and urging us to take action to preserve it for future generations.
“Uýra: The Rising Forest” premiered at Frameline46: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival in 2022, winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary. The film has gone on to win multiple awards, including Best Documentary at the New Filmmakers LA Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award at NewFest’s 34th Annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and the Special Programming Award for Freedom at the 2022 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. It even won the Jury Prize at London Film Week. It was named the Best Feature Documentary at the 2023 One World Media Awards in the United Kingdom. But it wasn’t just the film that captured the attention of audiences. Uýra’s work was so captivating that it was shown at a solo exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art.
The film is a stunning visual experience, with eye-popping imagery that will leave viewers mesmerized. But more than just a feast for the eyes, “Uýra: The Rising Forest” is an inspiring tale of courage and resilience in the face of adversity.
Produced by João Henrique Kurtz, Curi, Lívia Cheibub, and Martina Sönksen, and co-produced by Uýra Sodoma, the film was a co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and Peril and Promise, a public media initiative from The WNET Group. The film will also be available to stream until December 24, 2023, via pbs.org and the PBS App.
Uýra’s story is one of hope and perseverance, reminding us of the power of art to inspire change and transform lives. And thanks to POV and its talented team of filmmakers, her message will continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.