Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas



Year: 2017
Run Time: 80 minutes


Liberia is rich in valuable natural resources such as diamonds and timber, although the government has long allowed foreign companies to exploit these riches at the expense of the country’s citizens. Enter activist Silas Siakor, who’s determined to not only preserve Liberian land for residents, but also expose abuses of power and human rights violations. This gripping documentary follows Siakor as he and fellow activists document illegal logging operations and work tirelessly to chip away at the rampant corruption undermining political progress. In some of the film’s most touching moments, SILAS also examines the toll this activism takes on Siakor’s health and family life. And the film reveals the sobering differences between Liberia’s international perception and what’s actually happening in individual communities. Throughout the film, Siakor’s resilience in the face of criticism and obstruction, as well as his selfless commitment to making Liberia a better place, are profoundly inspiring. The central takeaway of SILAS is that one person does have the power to make a difference. —A.Z.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:20 PM

African Diaspora

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director Director

Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman

Anjali Nayar is a Canadian filmmaker based in Kenya and Montréal. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, an M.Sc. in environmental management from Oxford, and a graduate degree from the International Space University. Hawa Essuman is a Kenyan actor and filmmaker born in Hamburg, Germany. Both women have directed their own award-winning projects, and SILAS is their first collaboration.

SILAS (2017)

Steven Markovitz

Joan Poggio, Anjali Nayar

Andrew MacCormack, Roderick Deogrades

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Government of Canada

Community Partners

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter

IPM (International Partners in Mission)

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