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Silas Miami

Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2018

Degree of study:
Masters in Media Theory and Practice

Silas Miami is a Cape Town-based Kenyan performing artist, photographer and filmmaker. Silas has written several feature films that include the award-winning SUPAMODO (2018) [Berlinale, TIFF, Kenya’s Official Submission to the 91st Academy Awards] and LUSALA (the highly anticipated film from the One Fine Day family of movies). He is currently developing his feature directorial debut, 2065, in partnership with the KZN Film Commission and is the Director of Ten Times Half, a film production company based in Cape Town that exclusively produces stories centering the underrepresented.

Silas holds a BA in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA (Summa Cum Laude – Valedictorian 2016) and a BA Hons. in Film Studies from the University of Cape Town (First Class). He also acts as an adjunct lecturer in the Center for Film and Media Studies at UCT.

Silas is the author of an award-winning photographic monograph: ONTHOU ATLANTIS – a collection of images and stories about the reclamation of the Atlantis sand dunes by members of its community. He facilitated the opening of the AGOG gallery in Johannesburg by being their first multi-medium fine-art photographic exhibition. He is currently working as a curator for the film section of the Stellenbosch Triennale set to open in February 2020.

He has had numerous sold-out music showcases, recorded and released several singles with visual accompaniments and taken his music to festivals such as Harare International Festival of The Arts and Arniston’s Weekender Festival.

The use of discourse, conceptualization and, ultimately, translation to effect social change through various mediums (photography, film and music) has become the cornerstone of Silas’ understanding of life. It is where he interrogates humanity and the concept of ‘self’ in relation to otherness – where he finds their intersections. By using various mediums of storytelling as mirrors held up to society, he hopes to create an environment for his audience to self-realize. Now, with the tools he has acquired, he can begin to use stories to effect change (or create an environment suitable for its rise at the very least) by distilling, packaging and showcasing narratives that celebrate self-evaluation and ownership as a form of resistance and celebration.

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