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


Language: Engels

Movies that Matter Festival organizes this Q&A in coorperation with African Studies Centre Leiden.

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

Fred van der Kraaij’s professional career covers some 40 years of which 20 years abroad - mostly in West Africa - and 20 years at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also worked for the Government of Liberia, the World Bank and the European Commission. One of his many books is titled, Liberia: From The Love of Liberty to Paradise Lost.

This Q&A will take an in depth look at the corruption and political situation in Liberia. What does activism mean to Silas and how how has this taken shape in the fight against corruption and the illegal activities by the forest companies? With director Anjali Nayar we talk about 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.



Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 14:45
Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag
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