The fifth edition of iRepresent, the international documentary film festival hosted in Nigeria, is scheduled to run between March 19 and 22, at Freedom Park, Lagos. Building on last year’s theme ‘Rhythms of Identity: Africa in Self-conversation’, the 2015 festival will explore the theme: ‘Reinventing Documentary Film Making in a Digital Space’.
This theme would form the overriding concern that the keynote speeches will concentrate on. Though conceived on the traditional iREP thematic framework of Africa in Self-conversation, the theme is premised on the reality that digital media technology is expanding narrative possibilities and shaping audiences’ experiences of how realities are articulated.
iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival 2015 promises to improve on the achievements of past festivals. Highlights of the festival will include will include films screenings, keynote speeches, panel discussions, producers’ roundtable, awards presentation, and training /workshops.
The festival was conceived and organised by the iRepresent Documentary Film Forum, an affiliate of the West African Documentary Film Forum (WDFF), and the Documentary Network Africa (DNA).
Twelve international guests from countries that include Germany, United States, United Kingdom, France, Cameroon, Gabon, South Africa, Kenya and others are expected at the festival, which will screen about 50 films in the course of its four-day duration. The festival also offers training sessions, workshops, seminars as well as Master Classes for young, aspiring and already practising filmmakers, which usually throng its programme in every edition since 2010 when it birthed.
This 2015 edition marks the 5th anniversary of the festival, which in its short lifespan has attracted the attention of world documentary film circuits including the People2People Festival in South Africa, the Munich-Germany based Dokfest; South Africa-based Discop; and Cameroon-based Ecrans Noirs.
A core item in the 2015 iREP Festival will be the Festival cocktails and reception; a ceremonial event that will bear the festive nature of the edition. It will feature a Red Carpet reception with a jazz band performing; a brief keynote on the journey of iREP Film festival so far by Prof. Niyi Coker of University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA; goodwill messages by Mrs. Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional director of MNET West Africa, a key partner of iREP since birth; cutting of anniversary cake by the Director-General of Nigeria Broadcasting
Corporation, Mr. Emeka Mba as well as conferment of the iREP Excellence Awards on certain individuals and organisations that have been instrumental to its story since inception. There will also be poetry and musical performances by the singer-guitarist, Aduke.
About 50 films have been carefully selected and lined up for screening. The films were curated by the iREP directorate in collaboration with its partners — the US-based African World Documentary Film Festival, AWDFF; the Germany-based Association of Documentary film makers (Ag-Dok): and the British Council, which is supporting the festival for the first time this year.