JUNE ARTIST PROFILE - Sarah Silberfeld: Artist, Actress, Advocate

Featured Artist: Sarah Silberfeld | Photo by Jeffrey Galvezo Sales | Makeup by: Alan Milroy Clothing by: Melanie Vagenheim

Featured Artist: Sarah Silberfeld | Photo by Jeffrey Galvezo Sales | Makeup by: Alan Milroy Clothing by: Melanie Vagenheim

With her captivating looks and her charming French accent, Sarah Silberfeld is an up and coming force to watch out for. Born and raised in Paris, France, her roots trace back to Mali where she is a descendant of Sundiata Keita, the founder of the Mali Empire.

Though Sarah began her acting career at the age of 11, she has been immersed in the arts since she was a small child; growing up as a professional ballerina. She is multi-talented as an actress, musician, dancer, and model. The impressive list of talents she has acquired doesn't simply suggest natural giftedness.  In actuality, it proves how ambitious this up and comer is.

Photo from *Me There by Lia Saïdi.

Photo from *Me There by Lia Saïdi.

Although only 19 years old she has already starred in an award-winning short film, Me There opposite actor Mabö Kouyaté who just finished performing in John Malkovitch's play adaptation of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”. The film tells the story of first love in the streets of Paris. 

Sarah recently played the lead role in Rahmatou Keïta's film Jin’naariya!, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The film was deeply personal for Sarah as it required her to speak Songhoy (the national language of Niger), her native tongue.

Silberfeld in Jin'aariya Directed by Rahmatou Keita

Silberfeld in Jin'aariya Directed by Rahmatou Keita

The reason this is such significance is because there are very few movies made in the country's original language.  Titles and languages often change in order draw the largest audience.  Seeing that the script to Golden Ring/Jin'aariya was still in the original language and that it placed emphasis on Songhoy and its culture was not only an honor for this amazing young actress, but it shows versatility in the characters she can portray. 

Roxane Awa Silla-Depardieu, Piper de Palma, Ali Aroyan, Sarah Silberfeld in Ride or Die

Roxane Awa Silla-Depardieu, Piper de Palma, Ali Aroyan, Sarah Silberfeld in Ride or Die

Sarah is starring in Ride or Die, which is being considered for production and Sarah is being considered for a lead role, alongside co-stars Roxanne Depardieu and Piper De Palma. The edgy film tells the story of a group of Los Angeles teens and their relationship with prescription drugs.

Sarah's dream is to continue working as an actress, working on independent material surrounding multi-ethnic stories. She hopes to raise awareness about issues that are often left out of mainstream cinema and create a dialogue about the complicated issues of our 21st century society. Her passion for theater and her love for the art of storytelling will undoubtedly lead her to bigger and better things yet to come.

Posted on June 3, 2014 and filed under africa, art, film.