Directors Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman, Steven Markovitz
Written by Anjali Nayar
Producers Steven Markovitz & Anjali Nayar
Produced by Ink & Pepper, Big World Cinema, Appian Way
Executive Producers Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Stack
In association with Gabriel Films
With the participation of Blue Ice Docs
Story Consultants Joelle Alexis & Iikka Vehkalahti
Executive Producer: Eric Tahitien
Cinematography Joan Poggio & Anjali Nayar
Music Brendan Canning & Ohad Benchetrit
Co-Executive Producers Steven Silver Neil Tabatznik & Robin Smith
Co-Producer Tamsin Ranger
Edited by Andrew MacCormack & Roderick Deogrades
Length: 80′
Language: English,Liberian English
Country: Canada, South Africa, Kenya
Year: 2017


With a focus on Liberia, 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 rise up and seize control of their lands and protect their environment.


Anjali Nayar has been working with the environmental networks featured in this project for over six years. Anjali has a Masters in Environmental Management from Oxford University, a Masters in Remote Sensing for the environment and a Masters in Documentary Journalism from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.  Anjali’s has been working in multi-platform media (transmedia) since 2006. Her most recent documentary feature film, Gun Runners, premiered at Hot Docs in 2016. Hawa Essuman worked on TV commercials and documentaries before directing the Kenyan TV drama series Makutano JunctionSoul Boy (2010), Hawa’s most recent feature film, has screened at over 40 film festivals around the world and received five nominations at the 2011 African Academy Awards.


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