HRW: Uýra: The Rising Forest

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Mar 11, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Brazil
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Juliana Curiz


Tickets: Free (or $10 donation to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival)

**Streaming as of March 13!**

Uýra, a trans Indigenous artist, travels through the Amazon on a journey of self-discovery using performance art to teach Indigenous youth that they are the guardians of ancestral messages of the Amazon Forest. In a country that kills the highest number of trans, Indigenous, and environmentalist youth worldwide, Uýra leads a rising movement through arts and education while fostering unity and providing inspiration for the LGBTQIA+ and environmental movements in the heart of the Amazon Forest. Uýra’s performances are a metaphor inspired by the ecological cycle that mirrors social struggles: the destruction of the soil and violence against life, followed by the re-emergence of young plants that germinate quickly and make way for a renewed, stronger ecosystem.

In Portugese with English subtitles.


A panel discussion moderated by HRW’s LGBT Senior Researcher Rasha Younes, featuring panelists: Professor Andrea Allen, spoken word artist and activist Sarah Lewis, and Sketch Creative Director Julian Diego. Sarah will open the evening with a spoken word performance.

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL // MARCH 8-19: The Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) bears witness to human rights violations in direct storytelling and exposé form, and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.


We would encourage all of you to reflect on the lands which you currently occupy and if you are unsure of the traditional territories you live on head to to learn more.

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