UCL Urban Laboratory


Yeh Freedom Life + Q&A

07 September 2019, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Still from the film 'Yeh Freedom Life'

Urban Lab Films present the European premiere of Yeh Freedom Life by Priya Sen, followed by a Q&A as part of the Open City Documentary Festival 2019

Event Information

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Regent Street Cinema
307 Regent Street

Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Life moves between the two very different worlds of its protagonists, Sachi and Parveen, feverishly trying 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. Surrounded by a cacophonous city, Delhi-based filmmaker Priya Sen charts their pursuit of, according to Sachi, their “freedom lives” – an open existence outside of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family.

Screens with: ROW-cub [Audio] | Neena Pathak | 2019 | USA | 5’ | A broken-hearted granddaughter’s search for understanding.

This screening forms part of the Open City Documentary Festival 2019, and will be followed by a Q&A with the 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.

About the Speaker

Priya Sen

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 and more. 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.