8TH iREP begins March 22 under Archiving Africa theme

8TH iREP begins March 22 under Archiving Africa theme

The eighth edition of the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival (iREP) will take place from March 22-25 at Freedom Park, Lagos, the organisers have said.

A statement from the organisers Thursday said documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts from around Africa and parts of Europe and the West, will converge on Lagos for the 2018 edition of the yearly festival.

Produced by the Foundation for the Development of Documentary Film Festival in Africa, the 2018 festival is set to build on the momentum from past editions; especially last year’s and will explore the theme: Archiving Africa II: Frontiers and New Narratives. 

“The list of the Festival Special guests is eminent and resourceful. Renowned documentarist of the Nigerian film industry, Professor Jonathan Haynes from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York City will present his new book, Nollywood: The Making of Nigeria’s Film Genre; Professor Paul Ugor from the Illinois State University will present a keynote and, also review Jonathan Haynes’ book.

“Chairman of the iREP Board, Professor Awam Amkpa from the Tisch School of Arts, New York University, and Dr. Paul Nwulu, Programs Manager, Ford Foundation West Africa will also be key speakers,” said the statement.

A new addition to the programming content of the annual festival, will be a special artiste showcase that will reflect on the works of Professor. Niyi Coker, E. Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri, St. Louis.  Focussing on the multi-skilled artiste’s work in Theatre/Cinema/New media/academia, the showcase is essentially designed to present Prof. Coker to aspiring young filmmakers, to make a career in the arts, especially the Film and the new Media. Prof. Coker has directed over 50 major stage productions around the world. His film credits include; The Black 14 (for FERPA PBS in 1995); Black Studies USA, Pennies for the Boatman, etc. His latest documentary film “Ota Benga: Human at the Zoo” like his previous works, has won serial awards at international film gatherings.

A second showcase will celebrate the life and career of famous filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, who will be 70 on February 26. Founder of the production outfit, Mainframe Opomulero, Tunde Kelani’s award winning works include Ti Olu Ni Ile; Ayo  Ni Mo Fe; Saworoide; Arugba; Thunderbolt; Abeni; Maami; and lately Sidi Ilujinle, devised from Wole Soyinka’s classic, The Lion & The Jewel.

A three-day Training programme will precede the formal opening the festival. Starting on Monday March 19, the training will focus on Storytelling, and will be conducted by Mr Yinka Ogun, a well-known television/radio content provider/consultant and producer., whose film credits include Abeni, directed by Tunde Kilani; Prince of the Savannah, directed by Bayo Awala, and Maroko, directed by Femi Odugbemi. His selected Television credits include Doctor’s Quarters, and Edge of Paradise, both MNET productions. He is the creator of the award-winning MNET soap opera ‘Tinsel’, and the multiple awards winning ‘Dear mother’.

iREP is the prime documentary-only film festival on the coast of West Africa. Since 2011, the festival has brought together the brightest minds in the genre in Nigeria and other parts of the world to showcase their works and share experiences through screenings, panel discussions, ‘Producers’ Roundtable’, training, workshops, and networking.

Guests’ attendance has been from as vast and diverse countries such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroun, Egypt, Algeria, Mali as well as the USA, Germany, France, and others.

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