Rio by Unique Sights

Rio de Olhares Úncos

The Brazilian nature and adventure photographer Rafael Duarte goes on a journey across the city of Rio de Janeiro seeking exclusive angles through the perspectives of five characters that have special connections with the city’s natural and diverse landscapes. As he lives the characters’ routines by their side, his camera searches the elements that makes their relationship with the city’s environment so unique.  The documentary explores the city of Rio through the eyes of a special mountaineer-engineer that devoted his life working at the world’s most famous cable-car, a young female highline athlete that is inspiring women to join the sport, an ultra-marathonist that came from a humble childhood to practice in the urban forests to become a champion, a biologist that protects the marine birds that nest on the city’s islands and a record-holder tandem flight pilot that invented the “yoga in the sky” technique to fight people’s fears. The film shows how their connection with the city’s nature impacts their lives and their ways to see the world.
DirectorRafael Duarte
CastRafael Duarte, Gideao Melo, Erika Sedlacek de Almeida
LanguagePortuguese (Brazilian)
Runtime52 mins
Available1 May 2024
Festivals & AwardsAwards: Rocky Spirit 2021 (Brazil) – Best Documentary (audience choice), Retina Award (Best Photography) Freeman Film Festival 2021 (Brazil) – Best Documentary (jury choice) Infinity Film Festival 2021 (UK) – Best Feature Documentary New York City Television & Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Best Short Documentary New Age Cinemas & Scripts 2021 (India) – Best Direction of Photography Official Selections Festival Gorniškega Filma 2023 (Slovenia) NGO Int’l Film Festival 2022 (Kenya) Italia Green Film Festival 2022 World Trails Film Festival (Spain) The Adventure Travel Film Festival Mountainfilm International Film Festival Graz 2021 (Austria) Torelló Montain Film Festival 2021 (Spain) Freeman Film Festival 2021 (Brasil) International Mountain Film Festival of Poprad 2021 (Slovakia) New Creators Awards 2021 (USA) NatureTrack Film Festival 2021 (USA) Sportfilm Liberec 2021 (Czech Republic) PIPA FILM FESTIVAL Surf & Outdoors 2021 (Brazil) Golden Gate Istanbul Film Festival 2021 (Turkey) Kalakari Film Festival 2021 (India)