The 2016 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival which takes place in Lagos has an exciting lineup of guests from around the world.
PROF. MANTHIA DIAWARA (US) :
Diawara was born in Bamako, Mali, and received his early education in France. He later received a PhD from Indiana University in 1985. Prior to teaching at NYU, Diawara taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Santa Barbara. Diawara has contributed significantly to the study of black film. In 1992, Indiana University Press published his African Cinema: Politics & Culture and in 1993, Routledge published a volume he edited entitled Black-American Cinema. A filmmaker himself, Diawara has written and directed a number of films. His latest film Negritude: A Dialogue between Wole Soyinka and Senghor will be specially screened at the iREP 2016.
PROF. AWAM AMKPA (US):
Former Senior Lecturer of Drama and Television at King Alfred’s University College, Winchester, England, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Mount Holyoke College. Author of Theatre and Postcolonial Desires, London: Routledge, 2003 and forthcoming Archetypes, Stereotypes and Polytypes: Theatres of the Black Atlantic. Director of film documentaries such as Winds Against Our Souls, Its All About Downtown, National Images and Transnational Desires, and feature film Wazobia! Author of several articles in books and journals on Modernisms in Theatre, Postcolonial theatre, Black Atlantic Issues, and Film studies.
STEVEN MARKOVITZ (South Africa):
A South African film and television producer, he has produced, co-produced and executive-produced features, documentaries and short films including the acclaimed “Boy called Twist”, “Behind the Rainbow” and “Viva Riva!”. Since 2007, he has worked all over Africa producing documentary series and fiction. He has an associate office in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and works with production offices across Africa.
JANE MOTE (UK):
Jane Mote, a former senior vice president of global channels for BBC Worldwide and director of factual and lifestyle for UKTV, left the multichannel broadcaster to head up factual channel Current TV in 2001. She currently the Media consultant for TV channels and digital media companies including Turner Broadcasting, Discovery, BBC Worldwide, London Live, The Africa Channel, Whickers World Foundation and One World Media.
PROF. NIYI COKER (US):
Niyi Coker, Jr. is the E. Desmond Lee Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis. He has directed over fifty major stage productions around the world. He is the founding artistic director of the African Arts Ensemble in NYC, and has served as Artistic Director-in-residence for several theatre companies ranging from the National Theater of Nigeria; K3 Theatre in Malmo, Sweden; Black Box Theatre in Hamilton, Bermuda. He received a British Council commission to write and direct, “Endangered Species”, which toured Great Britain in 1995. In 2010 his latest play “Preemptive” opened at the Shaw Theatre in London, England and was covered by BBC Strand in England. The production went on to tour in the Caribbean and West Africa.
TUNDE KELANI (Nigeria):
Popularly known as TK, the storyteller, director, photographer, cinematographer and producer, in a career spanning more than four decades, TK specializes in producing movies that promote Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and have a root in documentation, archiving, education, entertainment and promotion of the culture. He is also known for his love of adaptation of literary material into movies as most of his works have followed that style of filmmaking including Ko se Gbe, Oleku, Thunder Bolt, The Narrow Path, White Handkerchief, Maami and Dazzling Mirage.
JULIAN REICH (Germany):
Born in Rochester, NY, Julian’s German parents moved back to Germany when he was seven. He studied film at the prestigious Art Center College Of Design in Pasadena, CA. He began his film career as an assistant editor on such films as “Beyond Silence” (dir.: Oscar winner Caroline Link) and “Life is a construction site” (dir.: Oscar winner Wolfgang Becker). Since 2004, Julian has lived in Berlin and has since directed music videos for such clients as SonyBMG & Universal anddocumentaries for ZDF, ARD and SAT1. His work has been honored with both the Grimme Award and the German TV Award. The documentary Warrior Father King is his feature film directing debut.
PAUL REITH (Germany):
Paul Rieth works as a freelance Crowdfunding & Marketing consultant and filmmaker based in Berlin, Germany. He consults and supervises crowdfunding campaigns for his clients and develops individual marketing strategies. Besides that he produced films (non-fiction film & corporate) as a writer, director and cinematographer. After his studies of Media and Communication and Sociology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle -Wittenberg focusing on film and new media, he graduated from the Professional Media Master Class (PMMC) and extended his knowledge and skills in the field of professional documentary production. At the moment he finishes his first book “DOK&CROWD” about financing and distributing documentary films in Germany.
ONYE UBANATU (Nigeria):
Uche is a Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Photographer and Creative facilitator with vast experience in filming and photography in Nigeria and across Africa. He works in a diverse range of documentary projects, television shows, local and International concerts, corporate videos, International News features, award winning short and feature films. His company and platform ‘MypassionMylife Media Limited, is an inspiring platform for young Nigerian creative entrepreneurs which won the 2012 vendor of the year at The Nigerian Events Awards. In 2010 February, Ubanatu led a technical team of over 20 Nigeria creative personnel across the desert along side Dr Newton Jibunor on a project on Climate change and desertification.
BARBARA OFF (Germany):
She studied communication, social and political science and attained a Master’s degree in International Politics at the University of Wales, UK.Besides having worked many years as project manager she is writing as freelance journalist mainly about Africa on a broad range of issues. Her research trips lead her toBurkina Faso, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique and the Caribbean. She has lived and worked in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and also extensively travelled the country asa tour guide. Since 2013 she is project manager of the Africa section of the International Documentary Film Festival DOK.fest in Munich.