Silas

Anjali Nayar / Hawa Essuman

Canada, Kenya, South Africa 2017, 80 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: English

Subtitles: English

Liberian grassroots activist Silas Siakor literally works day and night protecting the land rights of indigenous villagers. They are threatened by land grabbing multinationals, plundering the forests for the production of palm oil. Silas mobilizes the local population for a counter-offensive. ‘No more business as usual!’

When the gruesome Liberian civil war ended in 2003, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first female president two years later, Liberians dreamed of a future without violence and corruption. But the plundering of the country’s natural resources continued unabated.

With his Sustainable Development Institute, Silas Siakor fights the large-scale illegal deforestation of the country for palm oil plantations. He wins the hearts of the villagers who he teaches about land rights. He shows local activists the way to use smart phones in gathering evidence of illegal activity. With his reports and court cases, he uncovers staggering corruption at the heart of the Liberian power structure.

While Silas gets closer to the truth, the government’s intimidation tactics intensify. As the stress builds up for Silas and his wife Marlay, Silas’ investigations of corruption lead him closer and closer on the trail of president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Synopsis

Silas has been selected for the Activist competition.

Credits

Productions:

Big World Cinema

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bigworldcinema.com

World sales:

Cinephil

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Talkshows & debates

Silas: Introduction by guest of honor Kumi Naidoo

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 21:15

An introduction by guest of honor Kumi Naidoo, former executive director of Greenpeace International on environmental activism.

Silas: Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and guest of honor Kumi Naidoo former executive director of Gr

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 21:15

Q&A with Liberian activist Silas Siakor and guest of honor Kumi Naidoo, former executive director of Greenpeace International about illegal activities by the forest companies and the production of palm oil.

Silas: Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 18:45

Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar about palm oil and corruption in Liberia. Moderated by Harm Ede Botje.

Silas: Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 21:15

Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar about corruption activism and illegal deforestation in Liberia.

Silas: Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:45

Q&A with activist Silas Siakor and director Anjali Nayar about activism, corruption and the future of Liberia. Moderated by Liberia expert Fred van der Kraaij.