March 24th is significant world over as the day that precedes the Easter holiday; it is also one in which documentary filmmakers converged on Lagos soil to learn and exchange ideas about the art of Documentary filmmaking, targeted at making bold statements through the art of documentary films. The Festival has attracted massive turnouts of audience in every class of the arts and this year there is a unique first time formal launch of the Foundation for the Promotion of Documentary Filmmaking in Africa (FPDFA). Having a roster of over forty diverse films, it will help to gratify this years 2016 theme of “DOCUMENTARY FILM AS AGENT PROVOCATEUR” and “CHANGE”.
The day was kicked off with opening remarks from the Director of Goethe Institute (a partner of iREP), Mr. Marc Andre Schmachtel. Noting that the Goethe Institute has been a partner since iREP’s inception, he expressed optimism about the future of the growth of documentary filmmaking in Africa. Followed closely was the short address by the head of African World Documentary Film Festival, Professor Niyi Coker who has been a consistent long-time partner and collaborator with the festival.
Then, was the Welcome speech by the Executive http://www.cheapambienpriceonline.com Director of IREPRESENT Documentary Film Festival, Mr. Femi Odugbemi, reiterating that the choice of the theme “CHANGE” was not only a solidarity campaign for the political terrain; the mantra is targeted at expressing the intricate quality of documentary film in bringing about desired positivism in the society for the present and the future at large. He announced that there will be 50 films to be screened at four venues- AFRINOLLY, Nigerian Film Corporation, Goethe Institute and Freedom Park which is an expansion from any of the previous years.
He believes that there is so much to be done for Documentary film and in this light announced the unveiling of the official Foundation for the Promotion of Documentary Film in Africa (FPDFA). Professor Awam Amkpa said a few words as the Chairman of the Advisory Board as one of the members of the team who has been around since the inception of IREP. Later that evening, the day wrapped up with a highly attended cocktail event where the chairs and directors of the board of the FPDFA were revealed and offered their words of optimism for the expansion of the IREP movement.
- Babatunde Odunbawo