iREP 2016: A Beautiful Ending to An Awesome Festival
The internationally acclaimed documentary film festival iREPRESENT has finally come to an end leaving with it fond memories in the cool and serene atmosphere of Freedom Park, Lagos. According to the theme of the festival #Change- Documentary Films as Agent Provocateur, the festival lived up to its expectations. In one of the films screened Documentary as Agent Provocateur by Jean Mote, it showed the power of documentary film citing an example of a documentary that forced a fast food outlet to change their menu. During the festival, a 30 minute documentary by iREP director Femi Odugbemi titled Makoko: Young Futures Afloat.
One of the notable guests at the event was the Lagos State Commissioner for Info and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde. In his address during the cocktail event, he commended the iRep team for the exemplary work they were doing by promoting documentary films in the world. He also said that Lagos State Commissioner for Info and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde government was always open to partner with iRep. The cocktail event was a time of music, poetry and fun. Aduke and the SSV band serenaded the guests with beautiful music and the iRep foundation was launched. Other notable guests were Prof Wole Soyinka, Prof Manthia Diawara from the New York University, Andy Jones from the British council and many others. On the final day of the festival, a variety of documentaries were screened. Among them was Am I too African to be American or too American to be African by Nadia Sasso, Café Waldluft was another film directed by Matthias Kossmehl.
Another beautiful documentary screened was the The Drills of Afi Mountain by Tom Richards. It was shot in Cross River, Nigeria. This year’s film festival was a good one and it is hoped that it will be bigger and better in the next edition.
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