In, I Didn't See You There, disabled filmmaker Reid Davenport makes a film about how he sees the world without having to be seen himself.
The unexpected arrival of a circus tent outside his apartment in Oakland, CA leads Reid to consider the history and legacy of P.T. Barnum’s Freak Show and its lingering presence in his daily life in the form of gawking, lack of access, and other forms of ableism.
What excites me most about this film is that visually, it's informed by his position in space, lower to the ground, as Davenport captures indelible images, often abstracted into shapes and patterns separate from their meaning.
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Reid brings an urgently needed storytelling eye to filmmaking with a documentary that is powerful and emotional, thoughtful and raw, intimate and political.
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