Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions has boarded the Toronto International Film Festival-bound documentary Silas as executive producers.
Directed by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman, Silas (pictured) profiles Liberian activist Silas Siakor as he battles to stop government corruption and environmental destruction within his home country while hoping to inspire a new generation of resistance.
The Canadian and South African co-production will have its world premiere at the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11 at 7:15 p.m. at Scotiabank Theatre.
The film is produced by Ink & Pepper and Big World Cinema, with the participation of Blue Ice Docs, in association with Gabriel Films.
Big World Cinema’s Steven Markovitz produces alongside Ink & Pepper’s Nayar.
Executive producers for Silas include Academy Award-winning producer Edward Zwick, Oscar nominee Jonathan Stack, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson of Appian Way. Co-executive producers are Steven Silver, Neil Tabatznik and Robin Smith.
Cinephil will handle international and domestic sales on the title.
The deal was brokered by Zwick and Big World Cinema’s Markovitz and Dan Fox of California-based law firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rish, Kaller & Gellman.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Appian Way on the film. Their documentary work aligns perfectly with the spirit of our documentary,” said Markovitz and Nayar in a joint statement. “As filmmakers, we wanted to dig beneath the headlines and tell one of the biggest stories coming out of the Global South today — young people stepping up to change their world.”