iREP Documentary Festival 2024: Celebrating legacy and shaping the future

The iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is gearing up for its much-anticipated 2024 edition, scheduled to take place from March 21st to 24th in Lagos, Nigeria, alongside a virtual component. Organised by the Foundation for Promotion of Documentary Film Festival in Africa (FPDFA), this annual event stands as a beacon for promoting documentary filmmaking not only in Nigeria but across West Africa.

Since its inception in 2010, the iREP Festival has remained committed to its founding theme, “Africa in Self-Conversation,” fostering dialogue and exchange of ideas among Africa’s diverse communities and the global black family. Now entering its 14th edition, iREP 2024 promises an engaging lineup of conversations, screenings, workshops, networking sessions, and more.

This year, audiences can expect to be captivated by over 45 thought-provoking films, including both shorts and feature-length documentaries. These films, sourced from Nigerian filmmakers and their counterparts in 25 countries across four continents, have been carefully selected to provide diverse perspectives on pressing socio-political issues. Additionally, a curated selection of films that have garnered international acclaim and awards will be showcased during the festival.

The theme for iREP 2024, “Righting the Future,”serves as a call to action to address the current challenges facing the continent and chart a course towards a more prosperous future. Against the backdrop of political turbulence and leadership crises plaguing many African nations, the theme seeks to inspire introspection and collective action.

In a special tribute to one of Africa’s foremost literary icons, Professor Wole Soyinka, iREP 2024 has been designated “The Soyinka Edition” in honour of his 90th birthday. Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Soyinka has exemplified the role of the citizen activist, using his voice and pen to champion human rights, democracy, and social justice.

Two days of the festival will be dedicated to celebrating Soyinka’s enduring legacy, featuring keynote addresses, panel discussions, and screenings of films that reflect his values and ideals. Renowned scholars and cultural theorists, including Prof. Manthia Diawara and Prof. Awam Amkpa from New York University, will provide insights into Soyinka’s impact on literature, politics, and society.

As a platform for cultural and educational exchange, the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival aims to promote public engagement with critical social and political issues through the medium of film. By showcasing documentaries that challenge, inspire, and provoke thought, iREP seeks to stimulate dialogue, raise awareness, and promote positive social change.

Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of documentary filmmaking and celebrate the enduring legacy of Professor Wole Soyinka at iREP 2024. Join us as we strive to “Right the Future” and shape a better tomorrow for generations to come.

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