Cry Out Loud and Waiting Subjects

Cry Out Loud is a collaboratively produced feature length film that explores the lives of several men and women from the diverse African community who resides in Khirki Extension, Delhi. The film, a project conceived by visual anthropologist Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, puts the camera back in the hands of a crew of young men from Somalia, who over the course of a year, worked on all aspects of production and post-production.

Together, Dattatreyan and the crew narrate through film the stories of everyday life for the Cameroonian, Nigerian, Ugandan, Ivorian and Somali men and women of Khirki. These people put into perspective the violent eruptions that occured during filming and discuss how and why they are targeted as undesirable outsiders.

Waiting Subjects is a small exhibition of self-portraits taken by Somali filmmakers – Hassan Abdi, Ahmed Ex, Young Hafes, AbdullahiIdris, and Abdul Abdulkhadir in collaboration with Dattatreyan, during the production of Cry Out Loud. These young men are political refugees, they have spent many years in India with their families as they petition the United Nations Human Rights Commission for a third country option, to make a more permanent home. The photos in Waiting Subjects explore how the indeterminacy of waiting shapes their subjectivities — who they are and who they wish to be in the world.

April 5th, 2014. Film Screening at 4pm with discussion to follow.

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