A group of five young Africans from south Delhi’s Khirki Extension — where the infamous midnight "raid" targetting them took place almost three months back, have come out with a film documenting their lives in the neighbourhood.
From harassing landlords to fleecing shopkeepers to racial abuses, the over 75-minute long documentary, titled Cry Out Loud, tells the story of African nationals who are often accused by the locals of "ruining the atmosphere". "There are some bad elements, but they are in minority. I think it’s the cultural difference that has led to many misunderstandings, but boycotting us is not the way," says a national of Somalia, requesting anonymity.
The documentary also shows how some locals dared to defend the Africans and were even willing to take on their neighbours. “I admit there are differences, but these people are our guests... there should be mutual respect for each other so that everyone can live in peace,” says an elderly gentleman, not wishing to be named.
According to the producer of the film, Ethiraj Gabriel Dattatreyan, the film asserts that increased interaction and mutual respect for each other’s culture is the only way to defuse tension.