Best Indigenous Feature Winner – UÝRA: THE RISING FOREST
For the past 25 years, thousands of volunteers at Auwahi, a storied forest on the leeward side of a volcano on Maui, have proven that it’s never too late for restoration.Director's Bio: After brief careers as a croupier, archaeologist and printing press assistant, Jilli taught herself to animate and has been gleefully making things move ever since. From her studio in Victoria, Australia, she works collaboratively with artists, filmmakers, scientists, directors and curators around the world, tailor-making work that fits snugly within their productions and museums. Her four short films have participated collectively in over 100 film festivals and won numerous awards.
Uýra, a trans-Indigenous artist, travels through the Amazon forest on a journey of self-discovery, using performance art and ancestral messages to teach Indigenous youth and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil. In the country with the highest murder rates of trans individuals, Indigenous people, and environmentalists, Uýra fosters unity and provides inspiration for these movements in the heart of the Amazon.Director's Bio:Juliana Curi is a Brazilian-Latina film director and visual artist. She began her career in the creative department of MTV Brazil developing socio-cultural impact campaigns. Since then she was a Bric Brooklyn Film+TV Resident and UN Women’s Award winner. Her projects include this documentary and the filmmaking inclusion program EUETU Lab."A unique counterculture doc from the LGBTQ, indigenous and ecological rights perspective all at once! Using the human body as a medium so artistically and dynamically—and for the purposes of cultural and environmental activism—really speaks to our times in multiple ways." – BendFilm Team Film sponsored by Visit Central Oregon