SOAR explores the relationship between two sisters: Kiera, a quadruple amputee who lost her limbs at age two, and Uriah, who was born a month before her sister contracted pneumococcal sepsis. The film celebrates the extraordinary ways that Kiera has learned to adapt—as a dancer, choreographer, nurse, and driver. It also reveals the deeply loving relationship between the sisters and how Uriah has dedicated her life to helping Kiera adjust. Tension arises when Uriah steps away, finally admitting her need to define herself as an individual. A dance concert reunites them, rekindling their powerful bond.
54 minutes / USA
Directed by Susan Hess Logeais
Available for acquisition in all territories
Kiera Brinkley – Kiera feels as though dance gave her a voice. When people see a wheelchair, they most often jump to conclusions, which makes it challenging for them to communicate with her. Dance was and IS her communication technique. With her Medical Assisting degree she hopes to work in a hospital with toddlers and infants, while at the same time choreograph. One of her biggest goals is to inspire and encourage as many people as possible. Kiera is both a subject and Co-Producer of SOAR.
Uriah Boyd – After graduating from Jefferson High School with an award for Dancer of the Year, Uriah enrolled in the Constructing Hope Pre-apprenticeship Program. Her goal is to have a firm idea of exactly what trade she wants to work in by the end of the program. So far she’s learned that construction is very demanding and intolerant of excuses, but her love of creating things and seeing hard work pay off convinces her she will succeed in that environment. By entering into the trades field, she will prove to herself and others that being a black woman is by no means a crutch. Uriah is both a subject and Co-Producer of SOAR.
Susan Hess Logeais – A former ballet dancer and model, Susan still acts, cares for her family, and focuses most of her free time on filmmaking. She hopes to graduate from Marylhurst University this year with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Transformational Entertainment and Human Consciousness. This project has allowed her to refine her skills as a filmmaker while developing her voice as a social activist. Susan is the Director/Producer of SOAR.
Melissa St Clair – A gifted choreographer, Melissa taught dance at Jefferson High School for 28 years and co-directed Jefferson Dancers II during that time. She is also certified in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition of yoga. Her choreography of the duet SOAR inspired this documentary and she also gave Kiera her first opportunity to choreograph for JD 2. Melissa is a Co-Producer of SOAR.
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