Terra Kulture, Freedom Park to host 2nd i-Rep int’l film documentary festival

Posted: March 13, 2012 in arts/culture

The highly acclaimed I-Represent International Documentary Film Festival which debuted last year holds its second edition from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday 25, at the Terra-Culture, Victoria Island, Lagos, and Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos.

The festival is organized this year in partnership with the Goethe Institut, which is also facilitating the participation of a host of international Filmmakers who would be presenting films as well as conducting training workshops.

iRep 2012 will feature screenings and discussions at Terra Kulture each day from Thursday through Saturday and screenings same days including on Sunday at Freedom Park’s outdoor theatre only.

The festival is conceptualized on the framework: Africa in self conversation, and it would explore the theme: Democracy and Culture – The Documentary Film Intervention.

According to Mr. Femi Odugbemi, the Executive Director for iRep Film Forum, a new sense of participation in governance is evolving on the African continent based on the unprecedented and sporadic people’s mass action that attended the January 1, 2012 removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government: “ It is thus increasingly becoming important to explore opportunities open to African filmmakers to bring better understanding and approaches to participatory democracy as a part of African political culture through the medium of documentary films.”

The scope of the Festival would cover such areas as Democracy and Demonstrations, New media technology and participatory democracy, and the potentials of the Nigerian films to explore and exploit the documentary format in its production values.

A key sub-theme in the 2012 iRep Documentary Film Festival is: Is Nollywood Documentary? This will feature a conversation among filmmakers and their publics on the potentials of Nollywood films to embrace the Documentary ethics in its operation and outputs. A key area of discourse would be the need to explore the production and distribution potentials and schemes of Nollywood towards achieving documentary objectives.

According to the organizers, Professor Jean-Paul Colleyn, the Director of Institute of African Studies, in  Paris, is expected to deliver the keynote  at the Festival opening ceremony on Thursday.

Jean Paul-Colleyn is an Anthropologist, Filmmaker and Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France as well as Director of the Centre fod African Studies (Institute of African Studies). He has conducted extensive fieldwork research in West Africa; and currently engaged in a research project in Mali.

He was a producer at Arte TV channel (1988-98); visiting professor at New York University (1998-2001); Commissioned Editor of the series ‘The Art of the Myth’ (Arte, 2009-2010); Director of over 30 Documentary films and author of over 14 books and many scholarly essays on documentary films, Art and African Studies and Culture.

Also speaking at the Festival are luminaries with vast knowledge and relevant experience in filmmaking and the media. They include the Chairman of Channels Television Mr. John Momoh, a veteran documentarist and award-winning journalist, Mr. Emeka Mba, Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and renown authority on New Media channels for content management and distribution.

Notable amongst international Fimmakers participating  are Nigerian/German Filmmaker Branwen Okpako who will be screening her internationally acclaimed film “The Re-education of Obama;” German Director Jens Wenkel; Kathrin Springer (Producer, South Africa); Ulla Wessler (DokFEst Munich) and Bärbel Mauch (producer, Berlin).

An important feature of this festival is a Producers’ Roundtable Conference featuring conversation on Strategies For International Co-Production to be attended by Documentary filmmakers from Cameroon, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria. It will be moderated by Ms. Katarina Hedren a key promoter of the Documentary Network Africa Initiative.

Ms. Hendren is the former chair of the Swedish based film festival, CinemAfrica, and she works as a translator/interpreter, as well as discussion and workshop moderator/facilitator/designer, film programmer, film critic, and writer with South African producers and directors as well as organisations such as Tri-Continental Film Festival, People to People Conference, Encounters International Documentary Festival, The Goethe-Institut and FESPACO.

She is the coordinator of the Mokolo project – an initiative that aims to create a virtual platform for web content relating to African audiovisual industries, thus improving the accessibility and visibility of African audiovisual content and professionals.

The Training Workshop of the festival which last year was attended by over 100 young Nigerian Filmmakers holds once again at the Freedom Park Venue on Friday and Saturday and it will feature Facilitators such as versatile producer of African films, Barbel Mauch from Germany; veteran documentarist and TV manager, Alhaji Adegboyega Arulogun; TV documentarist, Cyril Okonkwo;  filmmaker, diplomat Amb. Yussuf Mamman; and film and photo documentarist, Tam Fiofori;  and Festival Executive Director Femi Odugbemi.

The festival will be screening over 20 films at both theTerra Kulture and at Freedom Park. Notable films on the schedule include “Lagos: Notes of a City” by Jens Wenkel, “Linking Africa” by Michael Grotenhoff, “RedHot Nigeria” by Sandra Obiago, “Espoir Voyage” by Michel Zongo, “And the Chain was Not” by Femi Odugbemi, “An African Election” by Jarreth Merz, “Duniya Juyi juyi” by Abdullahi Yahaya Sa’ad and “The Guantanamo Trap” by Thomas Wallner.

The festival award ceremony will also be staged during which a few well-appointed veteran professionals would be inducted into the iRep/West Africa Documentary Film Forum’s Hall of Fame in recognition of the selfless service they have rendered the vocation in their individual career journey.

i-Represent International Documentary Film Festival is an annual film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about the power of documentary films to serve as a means of deepening and 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.


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