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

Silas

Language: Engels

WHEN & WHERE?

Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 18:45
Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag

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

Harm Ede Botje (editor Vrij Nederland), speaks with Liberian grassroots activist Silas Siakor about illegal activities by the forest companies, the production of palm oil and the continuous cycle of corruption in Liberia. With director Anjali Nayar we discuss the process of making this documentary and its impact.

Silas Siakor literally works day and night protecting the land rights of indigenous villagers all over Liberia. More than a quarter of Liberia’s population sees its way of living threatened by land grabbing multinationals, plundering the Liberian forests for the production of palm oil. About 25 per cent of Liberia’s land mass has been given away to multinationals, much of that in illegal permits. More than a million people who depend on these forests for their food, medicine and income, are completely ignored. Siakor’s organization Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), which he founded in 2005, actively engages the local population to document illegal activities by the forest companies. Read more about Silas Siakor and watch a short clip.