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Human Rights Watch Film Festival / Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman: Silas at the Barbican

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Time 18:30
Date 16/03/18
Price £12

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, film subject, Silas

When the rights to almost a quarter 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.