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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.
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.
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.
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Title : IKPE OMUMA (Guilt).......Emotional Thriller
Genre : DRAMA SERIES
Language: IGBO LANGUAGE (fully subtitled in English)
A man troubled by his past deeds, falls in love with a lady suffering from a past occurrence.
Emma is an upwardly mobile guy being tormented by a trauma ...an incident that occurred years ago. As a former HIT MAN, he was involved in the shooting and killing of an average man, Damian and his three year old son, because the kid saw his face. Now after his inability to fall in love due to lack of
Internal peace, he finally comes across Lady, Esther...a new intake in his firm. He has to be a gentleman to the fullest in order to win her love.
He buys her gifts and tries beyond all means to see that she’s comfortable. But in spite of all his efforts, she doesn’t seem to show interest in him. There’s something about this lady that makes her so difficult and blunt, even though he still finds solace with her. Her love tree has been uprooted and her heart sealed, since the day her husband and three year old son were murdered in cold blood. However when Emma hits the limits of her defense with his care and love towards her, she decides it’s high time she put the past behind and move ahead.
But the day she makes up her mind to consider his proposal, becomes the day he comes across her with the picture of her late husband ...the same Damian he took out years ago. This is when she lets him in on her story ...enlightening him on how severe the impact of the loss of her husband and son has been. His heart breaks.
Now the past he was fleeing from, beholds him in the face, for even though his guilty conscience won’t allow him to be at peace with her, she now sees him as her only source of joy ...something she’s not had for long.