‘Loot and the Lost Kingdoms’ to open iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival 2024

The countdown has begun for one of Africa’s most anticipated film festivals, iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival 2024, set to kick off with the mesmerising film, Loot and the Lost Kingdoms, directed by the talented Gbemi Shasore. 

Set against the backdrop of Lagos, Nigeria, the film sets the tone for an immersive experience celebrating global filmmaking and storytelling at the festival will captivate audiences from March 21st to 24th in the vibrant city. 

Organised by the Directorate of Foundation for Promotion of Documentary Films in Africa, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience showcasing the artistry and creativity of filmmakers worldwide, according to a letter by one of the festival’s founders, Femi Odugbemi.

He states that with a lineup of over 45 carefully curated films, the festival aims to celebrate the diverse narratives and voices within the documentary filmmaking landscape. From thought-provoking documentaries to engaging panel discussions and workshops, attendees can expect a dynamic blend of entertainment and enlightenment.


The festival kicks off with a glamorous cocktail party on March 21st at Freedom Park, featuring the premiere screening of Loot and the Lost Kingdoms. This sets the stage for a series of captivating events, including a Welcome Address by Co-Founder/Executive Director Femi Odugbemi and a Keynote speech by renowned cinema scholar Manthia Diawara from New York University.

Highlighting the festival’s dedication to exploring critical themes, plenary sessions delve into topics such as the legacy of literary icon Wole Soyinka, activism in art, and the role of media in addressing political discontent. Panel discussions featuring esteemed leaders, media professionals, scholars and activists promise insightful debates and reflections on pressing global issues.

The festival also shines a spotlight on emerging talents and important social issues with world premieres and project presentations. From The Fuji Documentary by Saheed Aderinto to Soot City directed by Adeolu Shogbola, these films offer a glimpse into diverse cultures, struggles, and triumphs.

As the festival draws to a close with the screening of This is Lagos directed by Wale Ojo, attendees are encouraged to make the most of networking opportunities, workshops and screenings to foster collaborations and inspire future projects.

For those eager to participate, registration is open on the festival’s website www.irepdocufilm.com, ensuring a seamless and enriching experience at iREPRESENT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2024. 

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