Open City Documentary Festival

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Yeh Freedom Life + Q&A

[1] Director Priya Sen, [3] Country India, [4] Duration 70, [7] Awards Blackstar 2019, Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2019,

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

Priya Sen is a New Delhi based filmmaker and artist who works across film/ video, sound and installation. Her work has screened at festivals and venues including The Kitchen, NYC, BFI London Film Festival, Forum Expanded Berlinale and Experimenta: International Festival of Moving Image Art. She was one of the featured filmmakers at the 65th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, 2019.  'Yeh Freedom Life' is her first feature documentary.