We Love We Self Up Here
Screening, Q&A, and panel discussion with filmmakers Kanan Arunasalam, Tao Dufour, and Natalie Melas. Panelists: Jeremy Foster, Viranjini Munasinghe, and David Scott.
November 12, 2021, 5:15 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 protocols, this event will be limited to the Cornell community.
A film screening of the documentary short We Love We Self Up Here including an introduction, panel discussion, and Q&A with the filmmakers
We Love We Self Up Here is a documentary short film by filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam , Cornell AAP faculty member Tao DuFour, and ICM Resident Director Natalie Melas. The film explores narratives of lived experiences of urban, agricultural, and industrial landscapes tied to colonial and postcolonial legacies of sugar production and hydrocarbon extraction in Trinidad & Tobago. Completed in 2021, the film captures complex histories of labor and migration through the intimate stories of a few persons. The spaces of narration—domestic, neighborhood, and landscape—emerge as themselves "characters," architectural and landscape witnesses to long processes of social and environmental change. We Love We Self Up Here is an extension of Cornell University's fall 2019 Mellon Collaborative Seminar, "Atmospheric Pressures: Climate Imaginaries and Migration in the Caribbean." The panel discussion to follow the screen includes: Jeremy Foster (Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Cornell University); Viranjini Munasinghe (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University and ICM Board member); David Scott (Ruth and William Lubic Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University).