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As a visibly disabled person, filmmaker Reid Davenport is often either the subject of an unwanted gaze — gawked at by strangers — or paradoxically rendered invisible, ignored or dismissed by society. The arrival of a circus tent just outside his apartment prompts him to consider the history and legacy of the freak show, in which individuals who were deemed atypical were put on display for the amusement and shock of a paying public. Contemplating how this relates to his own filmmaking practice, which explicitly foregrounds disability, Davenport sets out to make a film about how he sees the world from his wheelchair without having to be seen himself.


“‘I Didn’t See You There” is first-person poetry in captivating motion, expressed with a singular, assured artistic voice.” – Roger Ebert


  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    72 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    World Premiere: 2022 Sundance Film Festival
  • Note
    closed captioning and closed audio description
  • Director
    Reid Davenport
  • Producer
    Keith Wilson
  • Executive Producer
    Alysa Nahmias, Bryn Mooser, Kathryn Everett, Andy Hsieh, Dawn Bonder, Marci Wiseman In Association with Breezy Circle, Ajna Films, XTR, JustFilms | Ford Foundation
  • Editor
    Todd Chandler