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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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