iREPRESENT Marks Its Fifth International Documentary Film Festival
by Ladun Ogidan
The fifth edition of the annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival opened on March 19 at the Freedom Park, welcoming 12 international guests from various countries including Germany, United States, United Kingdom, France, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa, and Kenya. The festival places emphasis on training and skill development for young, aspiring and practicing filmmakers in Nigeria, with a focus on documentary films.
The festival ran till March 22 and was themed Reinventing Documentary Filmmaking in a Digital Space, further underscoring recent advancements in digital media technology, with its resultant effect in shaping audience experiences of articulated realities.
A curated selection of 50 films were screened including award-winning works like Chameleon by Ryan Mullins (Canada); Love is All by Kim Longinotto (UK); Poverty Inc by Michael Matheson (USA); Unforgiven by Lucas Augustin (Rwanda Germany); Katlehong by Irene Loebell (South Africa); Olu Amoda: A Metallic Journey by Tam Fiofori and Joel Benson (Nigeria); Skyfall by Juliet Asante (Ghana); A Leaf in the Wind by John-Marie Teno (Cameroon France); Scarred: Anatomy of a Massacre by Judy Kibinge (Kenya); Comrades in Dream by Uli Gaulke (Germany); Deeper Than Black by Sean Addo (USA); The Supreme Price by Joanna Lipper (USA); Truth by Sunara Begum (Bangladesh/UK); Unbroken: The John Sunmonu Story by Toyin Poju-Oyemade (Nigeria) and When I Was Water by David Forbes (South Africa).
A particular highlight of the festival was the Producers’ Round Table, an annual forum that brought together international filmmakers and producers from across several countries in an in-depth analysis on relevant topics such as collaborations, distributions, international best practices, publicity and marketing. Speakers included: Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon/France), Paul Rieth (Germany), Dayo Balogun (United Kingdom), Elke Lehrenkrauss (Germany), Uli Gaulke (Germany), Rob Ritchie (United Kingdom), Wendy Mitchel (United Kingdom), and Imunga Ivanga (Gabon).
The iREP Festival was conceived in 2010 and is organized by the iRepresent Documentary Film Forum, an affiliate of the West African Documentary Film Forum (WDFF), and the Documentary Network Africa (DNA).
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