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Country: CANADA, SOUTH AFRICA, KENYA
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.
Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:20 PM
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
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.
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