The 2016 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival will take place in Lagos Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March 2016.
The popular annual festival which is the biggest on the West African coast and in its 6th year will explore the theme, “#CHANGE, Documentary as Agent Provocateur”.
iREP 2016 will have a number of programmes including screening of over 45 carefully selected international films, panel discussions and training workshop; and will play host to guests from around the world.
Speaking on the choice of the theme for this year, Femi Odugbemi, Co-Founder of the festival said, “Though conceived on the traditional iREP thematic framework of Africa in Self-conversation, the theme is premised on the whirlwind of complex issues confronting us today on many fronts that challenge our understanding of the world, of ourselves and how we sustain our pursuit of Peace and Prosperity. Poverty, Epidemics, Terrorism, Civil wars, Racial inequalities, Economic imbalances, Imperialism, Corruption and Political divisions – these challenges are urgent and critical. They demand a response. In a world of Sound-bites, documentaries provide an opportunity to think, understand, and connect the dots. Documentary films are exploring the issues of our time, offering perspective, historical context and possibilities.”
The iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival was initiated with the objective of promoting independent documentary filmmaking in Nigeria and on the continent of Africa. The Festival places emphasis on training and skill development to the benefit of the young, aspiring and practising filmmakers in Nigeria, especially for those with flair for Documentary films. The annual iREP Film Festival is conceived as a celebration of the best works in the world of documentary films while providing an intense learning environment for young and aspiring filmmakers. iREP is conceptualized to also create a platform of awareness and expression for filmmakers who are creating socially relevant films to positively impact our world. The festival features hands-on training and skills development workshops facilitated by an array of the most experienced practitioners in the field of documentary film making across Africa.
The Conceptual framework of iREP Documentary Film Festival is AFRICA IN SELF-CONVERSATION; and it is designed to promote awareness about the power of documentary to deepen social and cultural education as well as encouraging participatory democracy in our societies. Though exploring the framework, the theme for every edition varies every year, and embraces issues pertaining to Africa’s social, political, cultural, spiritual and economic realities. To fully engage an array of trans-cultural creativity, iREP provides a forum for everyone’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject. iREP celebrates the ever expanding world of documentary films by inviting talents from across the globe to share ideas on trends and technological advancements in the format.
See the IREP 2016 programme for more information.