Posters of pretty women in Indian beauty shop

by Priya Sen

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020

Available for Streaming for 24 hours

Zoom Q&A with filmmaker – 8 pm

(India, 2018, 70 min) 

Hindi with English Subtitles

Filmed over the course of a year in Ambedkar Nagar, a dense, largely working-class area in South Delhi, Yeh Freedom Lifemoves 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 parlor; 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 of the constant scrutiny and sanction of society and family. But this “freedom life” also leaves them vulnerable to the precariousness of love, when it refuses such constraints. 

Priya Sen is a New Delhi-based filmmaker and artist who works with nonfiction and experimental forms across film /video, sound and installation. Sen’s work has screened at festivals and venues including The Kitchen NYC; BFI London Film Festival; BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia; Forum Expanded Berlinale; Experimenta International Festival of Moving Image Art, and Dharamshala International Film Festival among others. She was a featured filmmaker at the 65th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar 2019. Yeh Freedom Life is her first feature documentary.