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Young, Black and Uber-Talented: Kenyan Filmmaker Silas Miami is Off to the Oscars

Silas Miami on Supa Modo as Kenya's submission to the 91st Academy Awards and the future of artmaking in Africa.

Kenyan-born, Cape Town-based artist, Silas Miami, is the future of African art. He is a filmmaker, musician and photographer with an eye like no other. His most recent feature film, Supa Modo, set and shot on location in Kenya, was submitted to the 91st Academy Awards (the Oscars baby!) by Kenya alongside Rafiki, a tremendous feat given his young age. Silas is also the author of an award-winning photographic monograph, Onthou Atlantis, a stunning collection of visuals with ebullient colors. He's also released an EP, Withdrawal Symptoms, written both in English and Swahili, which has had great airplay in Kenya.

We caught up with him to talk about how he's fast becoming a trailblazer in the creative industry, his hopes for future African artmaking and how he thinks the continent can grow.

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5 Films that Convey South Africa's Richly Diverse History

We're loving these historical films on Showmax.

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I remember watching the movie Invictus and being in awe of the history of our country and how something as relatively simple as a rugby tournament could unite an entire country—a divided and wounded country. South Africa had just witnessed the release of Nelson Mandela, the first democratic elections and his inauguration as President of the country. That is the power of film and television - its ability to narrate richly diverse stories. And so I figure there is no better way to take a walk down memory lane and reflect on our past as a country than with a few of the best films and documentaries currently on Showmax.

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