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I-REP DOCU Film Feast Begins In Freedom Park, Lagos


The 2013 edition of the i-Represent International Documentary Film Festival
(aka iREP Docu Film Feast) will take place between March 21-24, at the Freedom
Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

As is traditional with every edition, the generic theme for the iREP 2013 is
Africa In Self Conversation, while the theme for the 2013 edition is

Over 30 popular and award winning documentaries sourced from notable and new filmmakers
around Africa and its Diaspora, Europe and the USA, will be screened during the

The films all essentially treat themes that concern developments and
realities around Africa and its peoples. Specifically, the films deal with
issues of spirituality,
religion, politics, culture, conflict, gender discrimination and affirmations,
among others.

On the line-up for screening in the course of the festival is United States of
Hoodoo by Oliver Hardt, which has been selected as the opening film for the festival

 Others include Orisha by notable Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan;
Ifa of the Yoruba People by renowned filmmaker, Tunde Kelani; Urban Prayers, by
Sabrina Dittrus, Crackles of Our Times, by Sibylle Dahrendorf; Oranian by Tobias
Lindern; Fatai Roling Dollars: A Legend Unplugged, by Femi Odugbemi.

 In addition,
all the 10 finalists in the Afrinolly Short film Competition will be screened
in a special section of the festival.

iREP International
Documentary Film Festival, which in its three years has become the preeminent
documentary film festival on the continent, will also play host to about 15 international
filmmakers, especially from Germany, Southern Africa, USA and others.

Special Guests to the Festival include the actor, director, filmmaker and
scholar of Africana Studies, Professor Awam Amkpa of the New York University,
USA, who is a specialist on Africa and its Diasporas; and post colonialism. He
is also the co-founder and executive director of the Real Life Documentary Film
Festival, Accra, Ghana. 

He will deliver the keynote of the festival on theme; Reconnections: Africa’s Post-colonial Journey
to Identity.

The Festival will also feature various Workshops, Training Sessions and Master
classes to be handled by experts from Europe, the US, South Africa and Nigeria.
Among the Facilitators of the various workshops and training sessions aside
from the Special guests is OLIVER HARDT, a freelance director, writer and

The Goethe Institut, Lagos, has also facilitated partnership with such
organisations as Ag-DOK, the association of film producers of Germany, and the
DOK Fest, organisers
of the Document Film Festival in Munich, Germany.

In its years of existence, Africa has worn many faces and has assumed many
identities most of them imposed by outsiders looking in. What then is the true
definition of an African; what parameters can be used to define the African? Is
it our values, cultures or our religion?

How do Africans at home and in the Diaspora see or think about themselves and
their identity? What impact does western education, religious and economic
value systems have on African socio-cultural life — for instance creating in
the African a conflict of identity?

The discourse of the
African identity requires more than mere rhetoric of race and space. It is a
world that is alive in every African; at the most, misunderstood and abandoned,
yet, it is undeniably present. It defies the common, and reaches into the heart
of the essential nature of the black man in every detail of its being. It is in the understanding
of this core force in every African that will ensure the future of Africa is

The scope of the Festival would cover such areas as the need for rediscovery –
spiritually, morally, socially, politically and economically – a reconnection with
our true identity and values, and the potential of this resulting awareness to
be used as a tool for reshaping the African nation.

For the notes, I-Represent
International Documentary Film Festival is an annual
festival that is dedicated to the promotion of awareness about the power of
documentary films to serve as means for sharing social and cultural education
as well as encouraging participatory democracy in our societies.

The maiden edition held in
January 2011, in Lagos, brought together a pool of veteran filmmakers, film
scholars, critics, Arts enthusiasts, and students from different parts of the
world. Executive Director of iREP, Femi Odugbemi said that: “We believe
strongly that the 2013 Festival would provide completely invaluable
opportunities for all participants to discuss cogent issues that are germane to
the future of filmmaking in Africa, and indeed,
the World.”

Odugbemi added that activities
at the conference have been carefully designed
to cover a wide spectrum of knowledge areas and interest, which will include Paper
presentations, Training and Workshops, Interactive panel
discussions, film screenings, and Networking. 

  1. Eya Ayambem says

    I guess it must have kicked off today.

  2. onepageafrica says

    A wonderful start dear sis. I hope to bring the details to you all.

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