Closing Night: Silas (#) + ScreenTalk

Part of: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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This compelling portrait reveals the life of Liberian activist Silas Siakor, a tireless crusader against illegal logging and a symbol of resistance for a new generation.

'When they tear down the trees and strip the land, they tear down our people and strip away their lives'

Silas Siakor

When the rights to one-third of Liberia’s land are signed away to multinational corporations, activist Silas Siakor and a network of dedicated citizen reporters respond with swift action. Armed with mobile phone cameras, Silas and his team travel from village to village, working with local communities to document the government-approved pillaging of Liberia’s natural resources, as it wreaks havoc on the environment and impoverishes families.

As the battle for accountability gains momentum, rural communities unite to protect their land and their future. Silas celebrates the true power of individuals to fight the immense power of money and politics.*

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017

This screening is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Anjali Nayar and film's subject Silas Siakor.

Canada/South Africa/Kenya 2017 Dirs Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman 80 min

BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A

For the best views of the BSL interpreter during the panel, please select a seat in the BSL priority seating area:

A 1–5 and B1–5

To book the BSL priority seats please email with your booking request

*Human Rights Watch does not endorse the use of any specific technology, including TIMBY featured in this film, for human rights investigations.

Please arrive promptly at the advertised start time

Proof of ID may be requested on entry to films, in compliance with BBFC ratings


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