IREP 2016 IS A WRAP!
Freedom Park was again filled with film enthusiasts as they converged at the recently concluded iREP 2016. In his opening remarks, Femi Odugbemi, the Executive Director and co-founder, Foundation for Development of Documentary Film in Africa (iREP International Documentary Film Forum) stated, “…This year’s IREP festival comes at a time when it is most important to take the African storytelling experience to a new level of reckoning and celebration. The post-colonial issues of identity and inequitable sharing of economic resources have created constant tensions and armed conflicts in many of Africa’s nations, with devastating impact on politics, governance and development.”
Highlights of the 4-day event were the Keynote address, Be The Vanguard for Your Own Story–Telling for Your Audiences by Jane Mote, several film screenings like Andre Lorde–The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, and Kiki (2016), filmmakers’ workshops, as well as the unveiling of the Foundation for the Promotion of Documentary Film in Africa (FPDFA), expected to oversee the expansion of iREP’s vision through a 7 point agenda including an academy.
iREP in partnership with Freedom Park, Goethe -Institut, the Africa World Documentary Film Festival, Afrinolly Space, British Council, Multichoice, Africa Magic, German Films, AGdok, Dok.Fest, AV EDGE, Ford Foundation and a host of individual supporters, made the festival a success.
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