Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Yeh Freedom Life + Q&A

Location Regent Street Cinema, Director Priya Sen, Country India, Duration 70, Previous Festivals & Awards Blackstar 2019, Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2019, Date Event has passed

Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life tries to keep up with its protagonists, as they manoeuvre erratic and unpredictable love. One of them works at a local beauty parlour; the other runs the family’s small cigarette counter at a crowded intersection. They are surrounded by a cacophonous city; they are both in love with other women. The film accompanies them through their desire to live according to them, their ‘freedom lives’, outside of society and family’s constant scrutiny and sanction. But this ‘freedom life’ also leaves them vulnerable to the precariousness of love, when it refuses such constraints.

Screens with:
ROW-cub [Audio]
Neena Pathak | 2019 | USA | 5’

A broken-hearted granddaughter’s search for understanding.

In Partnership with Urban Lab Films 

This is the European Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with director Priya Sen, hosted by Rehana Zaman, a London-based artist whose practice is concerned with the effect of multiple social dynamics on how individuals and groups relate.

Read an essay on Yeh Freedom Life by Abby Sun