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by Anjali Nayar & Hawa Essuman


The Liberian environmental activist Silas Siakor puts his heart and soul into fighting for community rights and exposing corruption. Growing up during the rule of convicted war criminal Charles Taylor, Siakor saw valuable raw materials leave his country as weapons entered. In 2005, this inspired him to support the democratically-elected president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who promised change. When this change fails to come, Siakor and his colleagues at his Sustainable Development Institute use an encrypted mobile phone app to show the international community how human rights in Liberia continue to be widely violated. Meanwhile, companies that are destroying the environment still have the upper hand. Siakor's passionate fight also has a flip side, as both his family life and his health are beginning to suffer. Over the course of five years, we follow Siakor on a thrilling investigation that inspires a generation of young activists to raise their smartphones and demand change.


80 mins


Canada, South Africa, Kenya

English, Liberian English




Director: Anjali Nayar, Hawa Essuman

Producer: Anjali Nayar - Ink & Pepper Productions, Steven Markovitz - Big World Cinema

Executive Producer: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Edward Zwick, Jonathan Stack

Cinematography: Anjali Nayar, Joan Poggio

Editing: Roderick Deogrades, Andrew MacCormack

Sound: Hawa Essuman, Anjali Nayar, Eio Cassell, Joan Kabugu

Music: Brendan Canning, Ohad Benchetrit

In Association with Gabriel Films

Supported by: JustFilms Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Sundance Institute, Open Society Foundations, Kendeda Fund, Stories of Change, IDFA Bertha Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund, PUMA.Creative Catalyst Award in Partnership with Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation, Alter-Ciné Foundation