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Silas: No more business as usual - Belgian Premiere

 

On 6 February 2018, Fern is organising the screening of Silas, a documentary by Anjali Nayar, about a Liberian activist fighting illegal logging in the context of the civil war and endlessly defending the rights of local communities.

Join us at the Cinema Galeries - within the Galeries royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels - at 19:00 and meet Silas SiakorFern's long-time board member and 2006 Goldman Prize Winner. 

- Please register and receive a confirmation email -

Reception from 18:00 onwards;

Pick up your tickets before 18:50.

Screening at 19:00.

Followed by a Q&A with Saskia Ozinga, founder of Fern, and Silas Siakor, former SDI director - the Friends of Earth of Liberia - and 2006 Goldman Prize Winner.

Drinks and appetisers will be served after the screening.

 


Synopsis

Liberian activist, Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader, fighting to crush corruption and environmental destruction in the country he loves.

Through the focus on one country, Silas is a global tale that warns of the power of politics and celebrates the power of individuals to fight back. One man's battle gains momentum and emboldens communities to raise their fists and smartphones, seize control of their lands and protect their environment. It is a new generation of resistance.



 

Cinephil presents Silas

A Timby Productions Inc / Big World Cinema / Appian Way productionIn Association with Gabriel Films

Produced with the participation of Blue Ice Docs

- A film by Anjali Nayar

 

80 minutes • English, Liberian English • Canada/South Africa/Kenya • 2017

For more information: https://www.silasthemovie.com/



Directors’ note:
Anjali had been reporting on environmental issues across the African continent for over a decade and always wondered -- how exactly does 25% of a country’s land get sold to a foreign country and why does the world only hear about it after it is too late, and communities have been stripped of their land?
One day, while writing a piece on forestry in Liberia for Nature Magazine back in 2011, Anjali called Liberian activist Silas Siakor for a quote. Despite an incredibly scratchy line from Kenya to Liberia, it was clear that Silas and his team at the Sustainable Development Institute had an incredible story to tell and could help not only us but the world to understand how we should navigate this balance between so-called “development” and environmental and social destruction.
At the time, we didn’t know where this story would lead, the twists and turns it would take and what it would mean with regards to today’s political landscape -- of powerful families and accountability in aid-dependant countries. We feel like it’s one of the most important stories of today -- how young people are stepping up, demanding accountability and taking control of the narrative of their countries.
Growing up in Kenya, Hawa’s interest in stories with emotional and political agency is rooted in the need to tell stories from a local perspective. Her desire to tell an environmental story is framed by Wangari Mathaai’s lifelong work in making sure that Nairobi’s public green spaces were kept safe by standing up to Kenyan president arap Moi.
Beyond the environment and Maathai, there are many using African-made solutions and technologies, to solve their own problems and challenges. These are stories Hawa is inspired to tell – to both challenge others to act and also to bring awareness to the serious issues facing the continent’s environment.