"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
PBS BROADCAST―The documentary film I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE by Director Reid Davenport premieres on PBS POV Monday, January 9.
When a circus tent goes up outside his Oakland apartment, a disabled filmmaker launches into a meditative journey exploring the history of freakdom, vision, and (in)visibility. Shot from the director’s physical perspective — mounted to his wheelchair or handheld — I Didn’t See You There serves as a clear rebuke to the norm of disabled people being seen and not heard. Winner, 2022 Sundance, U.S. Documentary Director and Grand Jury Prize nominee.
I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE airs nationally on the PBS series POV this January 9, 2023. Check your local listings for times in your area. Click here to watch the film’s trailer.
To learn more about the making of this film, read California Humanities’ interview with director Reid Davenport.
I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE was supported by California Humanities through the California Documentary Project grant.