SA Premiere African Feature

DCEFF Environmental Film Festival 2018 - Best Documentary Feature

Silas is the inspiring story of Silas Siakor, a political activist who has devoted his life to protecting the people and forests of Liberia from multinational corporations and their governmental handmaidens – who hand over land that has belonged to communities for generations to companies who strip it of its timber and replace the natural forests with palm oil plantations. Silas, who had previously exposed the role of logging in funding Liberia’s 14-year civil war, is now set against a new – and more respectable – enemy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a political darling of the West who has sold off nearly a quarter of the country to foreign interests. This engaging and tenderly rendered portrait of a committed activist is powerful testimony to the fact that one person can make a difference.

This film is supported by the Canadian High Commission

Cape Town
Labia 1
Mon 4 June / 6.30pm
V&A 6
Fri 8 June / 8.45pm
Sun 3 June / 8pm
Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar
Liberia/South Africa
80 minutes