Film: UÝRA, The Rising Forest + Chaac and Yum
with Captions + BSL interpretation
22 September 2022
Beech St, Barbican, London EC1Y 8AA, UK
Uýra, a trans indigenous artist, travels through the Amazon forest using performance art and ancestral messages to teach indigenous youth and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil, manifesting liberation through sharing history and nature drag. Alongside a community of queer Afro-Brazilians, they reinvent drag to bring the life-sustaining power of the forest to the urban spaces of Manaus. This prescient doc amplifies the queer and trans voices of colour at the center of the fight for climate justice.
dir. Juliana Curi | Brazil, USA 2022 | 63'
in Portuguese with English subtitles
Short before the feature:
Chaac + Yum | dir. Roberto Fatal, XAV S-F | USA 2022 | 10’
Inspired by the sacred and ancient relationship between Chaac, the Mayan deity of Rain, and Yum, the Mayan deity of corn, this short erotic drama tells a story about two queer, Mayan-descended Two Spirits who meet at a queer San Francisco bar.