International Documentary Film Festival Opens In Lagos

 International Documentary Film Festival Opens In Lagos

Documentary filmmakers and enthusiasts are set to converge on Lagos for the 2018 edition of the yearly I­Rep International Documentary Film Festival.
Produced by the Foundation for the Development of Documentary Film Festival in Africa, the festival will hold at Freedom Park, Lagos, which has been home to the festival since it kicked off in 2010.

The 2018 edition 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.
Special guests include Professor Jonathan Haynes from Long Island University, Brooklyn, New York City, who 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.

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, a Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri.
At the festival, the life and career of famous filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, who turned 70 on February 26, will be celebrated.

There would also be a three-day training programme, which will precede the formal opening the festival. Starting on Monday March 19, the training will focus on storytelling, and will be conducted by Yinka Ogun, a content producer and consultant, whose credits include credits “Prince of the Savanah,” “Tinsel,” “Dear Mother,” and “Maroko.”

iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival 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 as well share experiences through screenings, panel discussions, ‘Producers’ Roundtable’, training, workshops, and networking.

Tolani Giwa

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