The stage is set for an electrifying showcase of documentary filmmaking and cultural celebration as the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival (iREP) returns for its 14th edition. From March 21st to 24th, Lagos will be the vibrant epicenter of cinematic exploration, networking, and thought-provoking discussions at both physical venues and in the virtual realm.

Under the theme “Righting the Future,” iREP 2024 promises to be a stirring journey into the heart of Africa’s past, present, and aspirations for the future. This year’s festival will spotlight over 45 compelling films from Nigerian and international filmmakers, spanning continents and cultures. From poignant narratives to groundbreaking documentaries, each film offers a unique perspective on the human experience.

One of the most anticipated segments of the festival is “The Soyinka Edition,” a tribute to the incomparable Professor Wole Soyinka on the occasion of his 90th birthday. As Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature and a fearless advocate for justice and freedom, Soyinka’s influence reverberates far beyond the literary world. Through insightful keynote addresses, panel discussions, and screenings of films inspired by his life and work, iREP will honor Soyinka’s enduring legacy as a champion of human rights and social change.

Professor Manthia Diawara, a renowned cultural theorist and filmmaker, will deliver the opening keynote, “Righting the Future: Soyinka & His Engagements,” setting the stage for a dynamic exploration of Soyinka’s activism and intellectual contributions. Following this, Professor Awam Amkpa will delve into the humanistic ideals embedded in Soyinka’s literary oeuvre, shedding light on the profound impact of his writings on global consciousness.

The festival will also continue its Inner City Screening project, bringing documentary films directly to underserved communities in Lagos. By democratizing access to cinematic storytelling, iREP aims to amplify diverse voices and foster inclusive dialogue on pressing social issues.

About iREP:

Since its inception in 2010, the iREP International Documentary Film Festival has been at the forefront of promoting documentary filmmaking in Africa and beyond. Through its commitment to education, cultural exchange, and participatory democracy, iREP continues to inspire audiences and filmmakers alike to engage critically with the world around them.

Join us at iREP 2024 as we celebrate the power of storytelling to shape the future and honor the remarkable legacy of Wole Soyinka, a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.