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(Documentary, Canada, Subtitled) Liberian activist Silas Siakor is a tireless crusader against illegal logging and corruption. Through this focus on one small country — “Silas” warns of the power of politics, features the role of technology in our rapidly-changing world and highlights the impact one person can make to change the system from the ground up.
One man’s battle gains momentum and emboldens communities to raise their fists and smartphones, seize control of their lands and protect their environment. At times almost funny and at times tough, but feisty throughout, “Silas” depicts a new generation of resistance.
RATING: Intended for Mature Audiences (contains descriptions of violence & some adult language).
Director: Anjali Nayar
Anjali Nayar is a Canadian filmmaker, multimedia storyteller and technologist.
Nayar’s most recent film, Silas premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017. The film is about activists using smartphones to expose land grabbing and corruption in West Africa. Nayar’s feature directorial debut, Gun Runners, premiered at Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in May 2016 and was acquired by Netflix. The film follows two Kenyan warriors who trade in their AK-47s to pursue marathon running. Nayar is also directing Just A Band, a fractionally fictional documentary about an Afro-electric pop group that wants to go to space.
Beyond film, Nayar has written and filmed extensively for Nature, Reuters, the CBC News, the BBC, and NPR. Nayar has a Masters in Documentary from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of Oxford, and a Graduate degree in space science from the International Space University. Nayar founded TIMBY (This Is My Backyard), a suite of digital tools that helps activists report, verify and tell stories safely.