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I Didn't See You There (12A) + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2023

Reflected image in a window of a man in a wheelchair

This personal, political, and unflinching film offers a perspective and stylistic approach rarely seen in cinema, capturing indelible images informed by the filmmaker’s disability.

As a person with a disability navigating the world from a wheelchair, Reid Davenport is often either the subject of unwanted gaze – gawked at by strangers – or paradoxically rendered invisible, ignored, or dismissed by society. The arrival of a circus tent just outside his flat prompts him to consider the history and legacy of the “freak show”, in which individuals who were deemed atypical were put on display for the amusement of a paying public.

Contemplating how this relates to his own filmmaking practice, which explicitly foregrounds experiences of disability, Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world without having to be seen himself.

We are delighted to welcome filmmaker Reid Davenport (via zoom), and Kym Oliver and Jumoke Abdullahi, both co-founders of The Triple Cripples, for a conversation after the film.

This is a Relaxed Screening which is open to all audience members. Some format changes have been made which are detailed below but all are welcome. 

USA2022 Dir Reid Davenport 76 min (in the English language)

Please note: this film contains instances of offensive language.

HOH captions, including text description of significant sound effects as well as dialogue. Live-captioning of post-screening discussion.

There is audio description available for this title. The Audio Description in this film is provided by the narrator. We provide audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones. Please ask a member of staff for a set of headphones.

‘I Didn’t See You There is fantastic and captivating – it’s precisely the disability-led perspectives that challenge our way of understanding norms, societies and filmmaking!‘
Jonas Bull, Assistant Researcher, Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch
‘I wanted to be able to portray my perspective in a way that would be difficult to fetishize or romanticize. So instead of turning the camera on myself, I turned it outward.‘
Reid Davenport, Director, I Didn't See You There

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