• Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman
    • Canada, South Africa, Kenya
    • 2017
    • 80 min
    • European Premiere
    • Best of Fests

    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.


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

    IDFA history

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

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