The fifth edition of iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival will begin on Thursday, March 19, at Freedom Park, Lagos. This year’s edition with the theme: ‘Reinventing Documentary Filmmaking in a Digital Space’ will hold till Sunday, March 22.
Conceived and organised by the iRepresent Documentary Film Forum, the festival is an affiliate of the West African Documentary Film Forum (WDFF), and the Documentary Network Africa (DNA).
About 50 films, including the documentary titled, Badagry: A Journey Back in Time, will be screened during the four-day festival, which also offers training sessions, workshops, seminars as well as Master Classes for young, aspiring and already practising filmmakers.
The festival’s Executive Director, Femi Odugbemi said that documentary filmmaking is coming to terms with these new realities and continuously finding hybrid strategies to navigate the ever changing temperament of the digital world that is hip, fun-seeking, chaotic, multi-tasking, and attention sapping.
“For documentary filmmaking, digital technology presents a challenge and an opportunity that would either remarkably transform and redefine what passes as a documentary film or bury the art in its past,” he said.