Sunday, March 19, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
#justnotmarried In this charming caper comedy, a bright but broke undergrad striving to escape the slums gets in over his head when his modest criminal enterprise goes a bit too far.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
2017 IREPRESENT DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL LAGOS ANNOUNCES FILMMAKER JIHAN EL-TAHRI AS SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR
Ms. JIHAN EL-TAHRI
The 2017 IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is proud to announce that our guest of Honour will be the award-winning internationally renowned French/Egyptian filmmaker, Ms. JIHAN EL-TAHRI. Each day of the festival will feature a special highlight of her major films on the politics and history of Africa’s march from colonialism to democracy. The star selections to be screened include “CUBA – An African Odyssey,” “Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs” and “Behind the Rainbow.”
Each film will be followed by an extensive session of “JIHAN IN CONVERSATION” where she will be talking about how she builds her stories around archival resources. Jihan will also teach a Masterclass in the Producers-Roundtable segment of the festival.
Jihan El Tahri is an award winning director, writer, producer and visual artist. She is an Egyptian and French national, who started her career as a Foreign Correspondent covering Middle East Politics. In 1990 she began directing and producing documentaries for the BBC, PBS, Arte and other international broadcasters. Since then she has produced and directed numerous documentaries, her most recent is “Nasser” part of this year’s official selection at Toronto International Festival. She has also Produced and directed the acclaimed documentaries “Behind the Rainbow”, “ Cuba, an African Odyssey”, as well as the Emmy nominated House of Saud. Her writings include “Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat” (Grasset) and “Israel and the Arabs, The 50 Years war” (Penguin).
El-Tahri is also engaged in various associations and institutions working with African cinema. She has served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, Regional Secretary of the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI) and as an Advisor on Focus Feature’s Africa first Program.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
The 7th edition of the IREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival will hold from 16th-19th March 2017 at Freedom Park, Lagos with the theme "ARCHIVING AFRICA." Conceived on the traditional thematic framework of Africa in Self-Conversation, the IREP Film festival 2017 will rigorously explore the opportunities open to Africa to bring its historic past into an archival system that is accessible on demand, and most importantly, how we can begin to use these materials to define a path for the future through storytelling.
Africa has always been faced with a major challenge of connecting the dots in its historical past. A large part of what constitutes the verifiable history of Africa's past today is sourced from the west. The facts of our historical journey are told to us by western imperialists and we simply regurgitate what is made available to us. In an age when even technology is looking 'forward' into the past to understand what is most valuable to our humanity, many African societies are shrouded in a blanket of collective amnesia. Decades after the last of colonized society in Africa has gained independence, the legacy of European dominance remains - we must recourse to Europe to peep a glimpse of African history and cultural properties because they are mostly domiciled outside of the continent. Our history is ours in bits that is allowed to us from the West! Documentary/documentation films must respond to this, if it must by any chance, put a stop to the tragedy of forgetfulness in Africa. Storytelling is essential to nation building; each cultural property that is locked away in archives and museums in Europe is a repository of our history, journey and insights into what we can become.
Please make it a date!
Participation is free