I Didn’t See You There
Reid DAVENPORT USA 76 mins PG13 (Some Coarse Language) Asian Premiere
A disabled filmmaker confronts the harmful legacy of freak shows in this poetic and incisive documentary.
When a large circus tent appears in director Reid Davenport’s Oakland neighbourhood, its imposing presence compels him to ask biting questions about intersecting histories of othering and oppression. Shooting primarily from his wheelchair, Davenport’s images embody his varied experiences, movements and observations, yet also reveal how they are contingent upon what access to life an ableist world grants.
The resulting film is a patient, vulnerable and unapologetic rumination on seeing and being seen—distinct from being looked at—from a disabled perspective. Troubles, joys, humour and doubt are woven in dreamlike fashion with the city’s rhythms and patterns that often melt into abstraction, provoking another way of seeing.
This programme is brought to you with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore.
Reid DAVENPORT makes films about disability from an overtly political perspective. I Didn’t See You There, his feature debut, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and won Best Directing in the US Documentary Competition. Similarly critical and necessary, his short films include A Cerebral Game (2015) and Ramped Up (2016).