iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival 2019
From March 21 to 24, 2019, iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival (iREP) will present its 9th edition at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos.
This year’s theme STORYLINES arises from current realities about imagery and perspectives. The ability to construct and reconstruct stories by anyone with a social media account is challenging the traditional story form. The festival theme is conceived on the traditional framework of Africa in self-conversation.
The festival was established with the objective of promoting independent documentary filmmaking in Nigeria and Africa. It emphasises on training and skill development to the benefit of the young, aspiring and practising filmmakers in Nigeria, especially for those with a flair for Documentary films. The annual iREP Film Festival is conceived as a celebration of the best works in the world of documentary films while providing an intense learning environment for young and aspiring filmmakers.
The theme for every edition varies every year and embraces issues pertaining to Africa’s social, political, cultural, spiritual and economic realities. With the intention to fully engage an array of trans-cultural creativity, iREP provides a forum for everyone’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject. iREP celebrates the ever-expanding world of documentary films by inviting talents from across the globe to share ideas on trends and technological advancements in the format.
The festival features film screenings, iREP/ITPAN documentary film pitch forum, paper presentations and panel discussions, training/workshop, and an IREP cocktail. The event will be facilitated by an array of the most experienced practitioners in the field of documentary filmmaking across Africa, Bibliographer of Africana in the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, Esmeralda Kale; film scholar and author, Professor Awam Amkpa, and Professor of Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, Niyi Coker. Others are renowned architect, Theo Lawson, who will give a keynote on ‘Urban Art Spaces and Stories’ and later speak on ‘Globalizing the African story through music’; Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, Paul Ugor and documentary filmmaker and academic, Professor Linus Abraham who has taught at the Greenlee School of Communication, Iowa State University.
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