Who is Uýra and who is Emerson?
Emerson (pronouns: they/them) is a biologist and art educator of indigenous origin. Like many other descendants of populations originating from the American continent, Emerson does not know their exact origins as they were violently separated from their roots as a child.
Uýra (pronouns: they/them) is a hybrid entity that presents themselves as “a tree that walks”. They were born in 2016, during the impeachment process of Dilma Rousseff, when Emerson decided to expand their academic research and look for ways to bring the debate on environmental conservation, indigenous and LGBTQIA+ rights to communities in and around Manaus.
Whether in art and biology classes; or during their performances using makeup and camouflage, Uýra speaks from and with the forest. Therefore, the elements used by Uýra for their performances are always from nature and can involve branches, seeds, shells, leaves and flowers. Their appearance is constantly changing, just like the forest. The process of transforming Emerson into Uýra can take up to two hours.
A Production of Azores Filmes (Brazil) and Mama Wolf (USA), in co-production with Abou Farman, Ezequiel Soules, Itaal Shur, Leandro Badalotti, Ram Devineni and Thiago Moraes with the support of Doc Society and BRIC Brooklyn.
DIRECTED by JULIANA CURI
A STORY by UÝRA SODOMA
SCRIPT by JULIANA CURI and MARTINA SÖNKSEN
PRODUCED by JOÃO HENRIQUE KURTZ, JULIANA CURI, LÍVIA CHEIBUB, MARTINA SÖNKSEN and UÝRA SODOMA
DIRECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY by THIAGO MORAES
MUSIC by NASCUY LINARES featuring JOSYARA and ZAHY GUAJAJARA
EDITING by LÍVIA CHEIBUB, LUCAS CAMARGO DE BARROS and RENAN CIPRIANO
SOUND MIXING by EBER PINHEIRO
COLOR by ADONIAS DANTAS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION COORDINATION by TÂMILA CARVALHO
ART DIRECTION by FRANCISCO RICARDO LIMA CAETANO
SOUND by HEVERSONG BATATA
SOUND DESIGN by C-AFROBRASIL
SOUND EDITING by INPUT | ARTE SONORA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCTION byJOÃO HENRIQUE KURTZ and LÍVIA CHEIBUB
PRODUCTION DIRECTION by LÍVIA CHEIBUB
GRAPHIC DESIGN and ILLUSTRATION by ANA PAULA MATHIAS