I didn't see you there
I didn't see you there
I Didn't See You There (2022)

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I Didn't See You There

Reid Davenport | USA | 2022 | Unclassified (15+)

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Sat 13 Aug - Thu 18 Aug 2022

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Winner of Sundance’s US Documentary Directing Award, this formidable, deeply personal piece of filmmaking inhabits the perspective of disability.

When a circus tent goes up near the Oakland apartment of filmmaker Reid Davenport, who has cerebral palsy, he is compelled to consider the history and legacy of the ‘freak show’ – and the ways in which the disability community has either attracted an unwanted gaze or been rendered invisible by society. Shooting from his wheelchair, Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world, taking the audience inside his experience as a disabled artist.

The images captured in I Didn’t See You There are both profound and disorientating – from Davenport’s lowered vantage point, the camera catches glimpses of a cloudless sky, an obstructed ramp or an abstracted pavement, sometimes to a frenzied percussive score – resulting in a mesmerising, rhythmic assembly of sound and vision. Powerfully embodying the link between subjectivity and societal (dis)advantage, this exemplar of empathetic art-making asks us to consider everyday life from a perspective too often neglected or misunderstood.

Certainly one of the most personal stories from this year … First-person poetry in captivating motion, expressed with a singular, assured artistic voice.


Event duration

77 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinemas, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Sqaure

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