Inara Chayamiti is a Japanese-Brazilian documentary filmmaker based in the Netherlands who has been telling nonfiction stories for 12 years. She promotes empathy and raises awareness of human rights and environmental issues through stories in which people are protagonists of their own narratives.
Her works include “Yzalú - Rap, Feminism and Blackness”, a CineB Solar winner and finalist at Semana Paulistana do Curta-Metragem (a City Hall of São Paulo’s competition); “Raam”, which won the CineSud’s SHIFT Film Festival Audience Award; and “Volta na Quadra”, winner of the NETLABTV Audience Award and sponsored by Folha de S. Paulo.
She is currently working on the feature-length documentary "Where the Waves Break", which was selected by Logan Nonfiction Program and was also a finalist at the Sundance Documentary Fund 2021 and the Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2022.
Through Rua Filmes (current Chayamiti Films), she created short documentaries, series, video reports and campaign videos for companies and organisations such as Greenpeace, Avaaz, Google, C&A Foundation, Folha de S. Paulo, GOL, Marie
Claire, Revista AzMina, Equal Times, Storyhunter, among others. Inara also produced, filmed and directed the Brazilian stories for the Riot Games’ international documentary series “Legends Rising”, during two seasons. She started her career as a video journalist at Folha de S. Paulo, the largest Brazilian newspaper, and at the publishing companies Globo and Abril — being one of the talents of the training program “Abril Journalism Course”.
She received her degree in Social Communication and Journalism from the State University of Londrina in Brazil, studied documentary filmmaking at UnionDocs in New York, and has a specialized degree in cinema and video from Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo. Moreover she also did other courses focused on impact documentary, cinematography, editing, script writing and entrepreneurship.
Where the Waves Break
When the documentary filmmaker Inara Chayamiti migrates from Brazil to the Netherlands, she finds herself a foreigner in her own homeland. So she begins to search for her fragmented identity while investigating her family story. As in the Japanese art of repairing ceramics with gold, she glues together pieces of this story marked by two diasporas between opposite sides of the world: Brazil and Japan.
- Selected by the Logan Nonfiction Program 2021
- Finalist at the Sundance Documentary Fund 2021
- Finalist at the Berlinale Talents Doc Station 2022
- Director: Inara Chayamiti, Producer: Lorena Bondarovsky, Impact producers: Luiza de Paiva, Inara Chayamiti, Impact strategist: João Martinho, Director of photography: Kiyoshi Chayamiti, Co-production: Bonde Filmes
Yzalú - Rap, Feminism and Blackness
The rapper Yzalú is a physically disabled black woman from the outskirts of the megalopolis of São Paulo, whose song became an anthem among black feminists in Brazil. The film shows her journey discovering feminism and fighting racism through her music.
- Selected by eight festivals between 2018 and 2019, among them: in-Edit Brazil, São Paulo International Short Film Festival (Curta Kinoforum) and the french festival FIFH (Festival International Du Film Sur Le Handicap)
- Non-theatrical screenings with an audience of about 900 people, and debates with the protagonist
- Awarded by CineB Solar, an itinerant circuit that takes cinema to communities and universities in São Paulo
- One of the 16 best productions made between 2017 and 2018 by “Semana Paulistana do Curta-Metragem”, a competition of the City Hall of São Paulo
- Part of the Dutch art show Decolonizing Realities, organized by YOUth ACT at Cinetol in 2021
The experimental collaborative short is a cinematographic window in 9x16 which connects five self-isolated perspectives of the coronavirus pandemic portrayed by women of the filmmaker’s family from their windows in the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Brazil and Japan.
- Audience Award at the SHIFT Film Festival, organised by the film hub CineSud
- Part of the art collection Roaring 2020s, organized by VOX-POP, a creative space of the University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Legends Rising (Riot Games)
The documentary series goes beyond the game and explores the inspirations, fears, and inner workings of some of the world's most revered professional League of Legends players.
- She worked during two seasons of the series with international crews from the USA, Chile, France and UK
- More than 5 million views on YouTube for all the episodes
Volta na Quadra
The web series explores the city through the microcosm of its residents, in an unpretentious and fun ride, with a universe on each block.
- Audience Award at the script contest and lab NETLABTV
- Sponsored by Folha de S. Paulo