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Future Connector: Steven Silver

October 29th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

Steven Silver began his career in the South African film industry before writing and co-producing the feature documentary Gerrie & Louise, which won an International Emmy award.

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His other documentaries include "The Last Just Man," "The Diameter of a Bomb" and "The Dark Years" an animated documentary that won the animation competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

He was also executive producer on Roger Spottiswoode's "Shake Hands with the Devil."

"The Bang Bang Club" is his latest feature film.

The Bang Bang Club was a nickname for photographers Greg Marinovich (Ryan Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek (Frank Rautenbach) and Joao Silva (Neels Van Jaarsveld) because they were always in the thick of the gunfire, or the "bang-bang" as locals said.

Witnessing the injustices wrought by F.W. de Klerk's lackeys, the young men knew that the truth had to come out.

Fuelled by adrenaline and moral outrage, they risked their lives to document the horrors of the civil war that wracked the nation.
With the help of Robin (Malin Akerman), their no-nonsense photo editor, their photos helped focus world attention on the plight of South Africa and galvanize international opinion to end apartheid.

Greg Marinovich and Kevin Carter each won a Pulitzer Prize for their astonishing photojournalism, but the horrors they witnessed took a devastating toll.

Here's your chance to quiz the director of the film, Steven Silver.

Please leave your questions for Silver below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    Why did you choose to make a film about the political situation in south africa?

    October 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  2. Jonathan

    is it difficult making films that are on such serious issues?

    October 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  3. james muregi gatito

    give me a chance feature of any movie,am kenyan.

    October 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  4. TK

    How important is it that your movies have a social message behind them?

    October 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  5. bRON

    You've got some big stars in this movie – how important do you think it is to have that star power in order to make your movie a success?

    October 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  6. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Steven Silver and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Steven Silver on the following questions:

    – How will you Improve the global connections with the South African film, Nollywood, Bollywood and Hollywood?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Steven Silver’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 29, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  7. Collins Inuaeyen

    What impact has Genevieve create on peoples around her?
    How many of her fans has she change thier life.
    What are those significance features that can Limit controlvasies in Nollywood?
    What are the norms that should be followed to incure privacy in Nollywood?

    October 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  8. Lauren

    When and where does this movie release otside Canada?

    PS Lisa -"Why did you choose to make a film about the political situation in south africa?" – PAST situation in SA

    November 1, 2010 at 5:03 am | Reply
  9. Ochuko Toweh

    Why did you go into the film industry and dose it still feel like you just started and how do you think up ideas.

    November 1, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply

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