iREP international Documentary Film Festival 2022
Theme – UNFLITERED: African Stories. Stories from Afric


iREP (Lagos, Nigeria) is a documentary film genre-specific festival, we do not accept any other film genre apart from documentary.

Event Date: March 17 – 20, 2022

The 2022 iREP Festival dotting on its conceptual framework of « Africa in Self-Conversation’ is exploring the theme UNFLITERED: African Stories. Stories from Afric

iREP is conceptualized to create a platform of awareness and expression for aspiring and practising filmmakers who are creating socially relevant documentary films to positively impact our world.

To fully engage an array of trans-cultural creativity, iREP will provide a forum for everyone’s ingenuity to be showcased without prejudice to style or subject. iREP celebrates the ever-expanding world of documentary films by inviting talents from across the globe to share ideas on trends and technological advancements in the format.

* Cuba in Africa
Directed by: Negash Abdurahman
Country of Origin: United States.
Runtime: 21:56.
Synopsis: The dramatic untold story of 420,000 Cubans- soldiers and teachers, doctors and nurses- who gave everything to end colonial rule and apartheid in Southern Africa.

* Murder in Paris
Directed by: Enver Samuel
Country of Origin: South Africa
Runtime: 01:28:00
Synopsis: A political crime thriller doccie that traces the motives for the assassination of anti-Apartheid activist, Dulcie September. The story travels from the heart of Paris in March 1988 to the pursuit of justice in 2021.

* Mending a Crack in the Sky
Directed by: Roble Issa, Zach Jama
Country of Origin: Canada
Runtime: 8:53
Synopsis: Shamso Mohamoud and Shamso Elmi both lost their sons to violence and watched their alleged killers walk free without so much as a legal prosecution. Now, the two Somali-Canadian mothers have organized a group’Mending a Crack in the Sky’ to collectively combat gun violence and hardship while facing cultural and racial barriers.

* Absolutely Must Go
Directed by: S. Jean-Noël Pierre
Country of Origin: Luxembourg
Runtime: 01:13:00
Synopsis: The story of a forgotten people. The story of a people deleted from the world map. The story of a deported people. Uprooted. From 1967 to 1973, in the midst of the Cold War, the Bancoult family and nearly 2,000 other Chagossians were taken from their archipelago, in the Indian Ocean, by Great Britain and the United States. The latter set up one of their most important military bases on the main island, Diego Garcia. It is from Diego Garcia that the B52s leave for the Middle East. The control of the Asian countries is carried out from Diego Garcia. Uprooted, but not resigned, Rita Bancoult, the matriarch, and her children Olivier, Ivo and Mimose have chosen to fight against this injustice and the drama that is affecting their people. This is their story.

Directed by: William Feagins, Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
Runtime: 30:00
Synopsis:’SHEROD’ is a story about finding oneself and starting over. In this short documentary, Sherod’Sha Stimuli’ Williams discusses his journey of self discovery from hiphop artist to husband and father while navigating the business side of music, relationships and love.

* Africa and I
Directed by: Othmane Zolati, Chris Green
Country of Origin: South Africa
Runtime: 01:29:00
Synopsis: When Othmane Zolati left his Moroccan home in El Jadida at 20, he’d never known anything else. He dreamed of reaching the southernmost tip of Africa. He faced deserts, armed conflicts, malaria, breakdowns, arrests and hunger, in order to travel, explore, adventure, learn, bond and grow. 1398 days and 24 countries later, he returns home, a changed man.

* ibanga
Directed by: Tania Doumbe Fines
Country of Origin: Canada
Runtime: 8:59
Synopsis: An introspection on the notion of fear in Afro-descendant communities; is it palpable? How to face it? Perhaps knowing oneself, one another, knowing our heritage and environment, would enrich the deepening, coexistence and advancement of all.

* Mrs. F
Directed by: Chris van der Vorm
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Runtime: 01:17:00
Synopsis: In the fishing village of Makoko, the largest slum on water in Nigeria, Mrs F. wants to unite women and perform the play called’Hear Word’; a women empowerment project about gender inequality based on true stories to get women out of their oppressed position, to convince them to speak up and encourage them to connect. But even before she can start, she must overcome the unruly gatekeepers of patriarchy and religion.


* Golden Fish, African Fish
Directed by: Thomas Grand, Moussa Diop
Country of Origin: Senegal
Runtime: 01:00:00
Synopsis: The Casamance region in the South of Senegal is one of the last area of traditional fishing in West Africa. Facing the growing menace of industrial fishing companies and overcoming very harsh working conditions, the fishermen of Casamance contribute to the food supply (ou food safety) of many African countries. But for how long?

* On the Road
Directed by: Misheck Chiza Banda
Country of Origin: Zambia
Runtime: 00:09:22
Synopsis: Female women truck drivers are making a name for themselves in a country that still struggles with embracing women in male-dominated sectors.

* I Won’t Kneel
Directed by: Hilda Awori
Country of Origin: Uganda
Runtime: 00:12:00
Synopsis: The considerable difference in how the girl-child and the boy-child are raised in many African homes is largely attributed to patriarchy. This documentary film explores the logic behind Patriarchy through the lens of a cultural practice that is women and girls kneeling down while greeting other members of the society- a treasured custom among my people- the Japadhola of Eastern Uganda.


Festival Directors

Femi Odugbemi /// Executive Director
Award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer and a respected voice in the arts and culture circuits of Nigeria and around the continent. Odugbemi’s critically acclaimed film, Bariga Boy, won ‘Best Documentary’ prize at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).
He also received the 2010 Afro-pop Prize sponsored by the National Black Programming and Consortium in the United States and the Film Excellence award of the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria (SPAN) in 2014.
Other highlights of his career include Bar Beach Blues (Best Director, Zuma Film Festival 2006), Mama Put (Best Film, Abuja International Film Festival, 2009). His other well-acclaimed documentary works include « Ibadan: Cradle of Literati « (2008); « Oriki « (2010); « And The chain was not » (2011); Rolling dollar: A legend Untold (2014) and DO Fagunwa: Language, literature, and Literalism (2015).
Femi was a founding Producer of Tinsel, MNET Africa’s acclaimed soap opera and one of Africa’s longest- running TV shows.
He was President of the Independent Television Producers of Nigeria (ITPAN 2002-2006). He has been Head of Jury for the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (2012-2015), Head of the jury of the Uganda Film Festival (2014-2016), Juror for the Emmy Awards in New York (2012&2016), and many others.
Femi’s most recent works are the feature film « Gidi blues », which has been touring festival circuits around the world, and the acclaimed « Makoko », a documentary on the slum dwellers by the Lagos lagoon.

Jahman ANIKULAPO /// Executive Director
Studied Theatre Arts, specialising in Directing, Dramatic Theories and Criticisms at the University of Ibadan (1983 – 86). He has been an Arts and Culture Journalist for over two decades, writing mostly on the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Literature and Cultural.
He worked as the Arts and Media Editor of The Guardian between 1992 and 2003; and Editor of The Guardian on Sunday, 1993-2013. He has presented Nigerian films at the Milan African Film Festival and French African Film Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also served on the International Jury.
He coordinated the yearly Lagos Cinema Carnival of the Committee for Relevant Art. He is on the board of the West Africa Documentary Film Forum, conveners of the yearly Real Life Film Festival in Ghana; he is part of the Traveling seminars on African Film on the platform of the AFRICAN SCREENS, which has held sessions in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, and New York.

Makin SOYINKA /// Executive Director
Worked extensively in the arts and media industty, focusing primarily on television, film and radio productions. He has been a columnist for several magazines, a producer of television, film and radio programmes, a consultant various media organizations in the realm of programming and infrastructure.
Soyinka has worked on various independent progrmming documentaries, including several for the BBC, Channel 4 UK, CBC Canada, and The Oprah Winfrey Show (among others). He is a co-founder of the Lagos Film Office (LFO), the pioneer Film Office in Nigeria, and the Lagos Film City Project (LFC).
He’s been a Consultant to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), helping to bring attention to the Nigerian Content in the media and, promoting such at major international gathering such as MIPCOM, MIPTV, Cannes to name a few.
Making Soyinka is a founding member o Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), he is also member of the Advisory Board of The Nollywood Foundation (USA), and serves on the boards of other NGOs as a director and trustee.

Theo LAWSON /// Executive Director
Renowned architect and patron of the arts, he founded Total Consult Limited in 1991, and since 2001 has been a partner of the Lawson+Odeinde Partnership. Among his notable projects are the redesigning of the old Broad Street Prison to a theme park, now known as Freedom Park Lagos; the redesigning of the residence of the Afrobeat artiste, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, into a museum known as Kalakuta Museum.
An astute patron and supporter of various artistic projects,he has been the chairman of Felabration Organising Committee since 2008. He is also a board member of the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), a member of Nigeria Institute of Architects (NIA), Creative Intelligence Agency (CIA), Lagos Chamber of Commerce, and many more.

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