Silas

    • Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
    • Canada, South Africa, Kenya
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • European Premiere
    • Best of Fests
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    The Liberian environmental activist Silas Siakor puts his heart and soul into fighting for community rights and exposing corruption. Growing up during the rule of convicted war criminal Charles Taylor, Siakor saw valuable raw materials leave his country as weapons entered. In 2005, this inspired him to support the democratically-elected president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who promised change. When this change fails to come, Siakor and his colleagues at his Sustainable Development Institute use an encrypted mobile phone app to show the international community how human rights in Liberia continue to be widely violated. Meanwhile, companies that are destroying the environment still have the upper hand. Siakor's passionate fight also has a flip side, as both his family life and his health are beginning to suffer. Over the course of five years, we follow Siakor on a thrilling investigation that inspires a generation of young activists to raise their smartphones and demand change.

    Credits

    • 80 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
    Production
    Anjali Nayar for Ink & Pepper Productions, Steven Markovitz for Big World Cinema
    Executive producer
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Stack
    Cinematography
    Anjali Nayar, Joan Poggio
    Editing
    Roderick Deogrades, Andrew MacCormack
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    IDFA history

    2017
    European Premiere
    Best of Fests
    2012
    Supported with €16000 for Classic: Production & postproduction

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