A Screening of We Love We Self Up Here

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Two people standing side by side, facing towards a landscape consisting of small houses and greenery.

Behind the scenes of We Love We Self Up Here. photo / Kannan Arunasalam

A film screening of We Love We Self Up Here including an introduction, panel, and Q&A with the filmmakers. 

We Love We Self Up Here is a documentary film by filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam, Cornell Assistant Professor of Architecture Tao DuFour, and Cornell Associate Professor of Comparative Literature 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 titled "Atmospheric Pressures: Climate Imaginaries and Migration in the Caribbean."

This event is made possible through collaboration between the Cornell AAP Department of ArchitectureCornell Mellon Initiative, Cornell College of Arts & Sciences Department of Comparative Literature, and the Cornell Institute of Comparative Modernities (ICM).

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