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Yeh Freedom Life, a film by Priya Sen

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Cornell Cinema

Yeh Freedom Life / This Freedom Life was filmed over a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi. It moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, and tries to keep up with the currents and swings of their respective loves. Sachi works at a local beauty parlour, Parveen 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 find and live, according to Sachi, their ‘freedom lives’ – lives that are outside 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.

Duration: 70min, Language: Hindi (English sub-titles)Direction & Editing: Priya Sen, Cinematogrpahy: Ankur Ahuja

Priya Sen works as a filmmaker and artist across film/ video, sound and installation. She received an MA in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, and an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia. She has worked with non-fiction genres and experimental media practices at Sarai–CSDS, Srishti Institute of Art Design & Technology and Shri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication. Her work has screened at various festivals and venues including the BFI London Film Festival, Forum Expanded Berlinale, Monitor: South Asian Experimental Film + Video, Experimenta: International Festival of Moving Image Art, VIBGYOR International Short and Documentary Film Festival, IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival and LA Film Forum among others. She has been at residencies at Gasworks and Nottingham Contemporary in the UK, and Khoj Studios in New Delhi. She was an India Foundation for the Arts fellow at the AIIS Archive & Research Centre for Ethnomusicology from 2016 - 2017. Sen’s work with film and sound has been around questions of form, urban ethnographies, music and migration, mainly in New Delhi, a city in which she chooses to situate her practice. Yeh Freedom Life is her first feature documentary.

*The film starts at 7:30 pm, and is followed by Q & A with Priya Sen.



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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Asian Studies, South Asia Program, Cornell Cinema, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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