Directed by Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan
Language: English/Hindi (with English subtitles)
Cry Out Loud is a collaboratively produced feature length film that explores the challenges that African nationals face as they make their lives in Khirki Extension, Delhi, India. The film, a project conceived by anthropologist Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, puts cameras in the hands of a crew of young men from Somalia who live in Khirki Extension. Together, Dattatreyan and the crew narrate the stories of everyday life of Cameroonian, Nigerian, Ugandan, Ivorian and Somali students, entrepreneurs, and refugees that put into perspective the violent eruptions that occur during filming that targets Africans as undesirable outsiders and that have since catapulted Khirki Extension and Delhi into the media spotlight.
Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan holds a joint PhD in anthropology and education from the University of Pennsylvania. His recent film, photo, and writing projects focus on urban change in Delhi, India from the perspective of low-caste and immigrant youth who live in the margins of the city’s burgeoning economy. Dattatreyan’s interest in urban change from the perspective of those who have historically been economically and socially disenfranchised stems from his work in arts education and non-profit management in the U.S. for over a decade prior to his doctoral studies. Working with youth of color in Washington D.C., San Francisco, and New York City, Dattatreyan developed a keen awareness around the kinds of issues and opportunities young people from communities on the edges of the American dream encounter as they grow up in cities that have been reimagined and rebuilt to meet the new economic realities of a post-industrial age.