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Decasia – 1st Berlin-Lagos Archival Film Festival

Decasia – named after the masterful film by Bill Morrison constructed from decaying archival footage – is an international festival that will screen outstanding films that use the unique power of archival footage to drive their narrative. The objective is to consider such key issues as: the relationship between archives and festivals and the impact of digital technologies. The festival will hold each separate year in Lagos and Berlin.

The THEME for this year’s festival is: Reclaiming History, Unveiling Memory. It will take place from October 24 – 27, 2019.

Parallel to this year’s presentation of archive-driven films will be a workshop on: Distribution Strategies & Preservation Challenges in the Digital Era

The VENUE of the festival and workshop is: 

Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi Road

beside Voice of Nigeria, Ikoyi

Lagos, Nigeria

Festival/ Workshop programme

THURSDAY, 24 October 201910amOpening / Special Guest remarksAlh. Lai Mohammed
Hon. Min of Information & Culture
10:15amIntroductionStefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin)
Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
10:45amKeynote addressDirector National Archives
11:10amPresentationUnveiling of
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Dr. Chidia Maduekwe Managing Director/CE Nigerian Film Corporation
11:45amPresentationDraft National Film Archive Policy and Stakeholders Interactive ForumHyginus Ekwuazi, PhD, Professor of Broadcasting & Film University of Ibadan
12:45amDiscussionsContributions to the Draft National Film Archive PolicyMathaias Obahiagbon
Fred Amata
Madu Chikwendu
1:30pmFilm screenings"A Story from Africa" (Billy Woodberry, Portugal/USA, 2018)
2pmLunch break
2:30pmPanel discussion / film screeningDistribution Strategies and Preservation Challenges in the Digital EraIntroductory remarks:
Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-University Frankfurt)

Chike Maduegbuna (Afrinolly Entertainment Centre)
Madu Chikwendu (Lagos Int’l Film Festival)
Adedayo Thomas (Executive Director, Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board)

(Director General, Nigerian Copyright Commission)
3:30pmTea break
3:45pmFilm screening"African Mirror” (Mischa Hedinger, Switzerland, 2018)Q&A with Director via Skype
6pmWorkshop / Panel presentation“How do we Challenge and Broaden Common Practices of Working with Institutional Archives?”Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin; Director, National Archive; National Librarian)
zpmFilm screening“Monangambee” (Sarah Maldoror, Algeria, 1969)
FRIDAY, 25 October 201910amWorkshop / lecture / presentation“Collaborate and Innovate: Digital Trends in [Archival] Film Distribution”Chike Maduegbuna, Afrinolly Entertainment Centre
11amFilm screening“Come Back, Africa” (Lionel Rogosin, South Africa/ USA, 1958)
12pmWorkshop / lecture presentation“The Life Cycle of a Film: Why Archiving Matters”Ellen Harrington
(Director, Deutsches Filminstitut, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, Germany)
12:30pmLunch break
1:30pmFilm LecturePhotographs, documents, oral history: “Things Fall Apart”Mareike Palmeira/ Martin Häussler, Germany
2:30pmFilm screening"Reassemblage” (Trin T. Minh-ha, USA, 1982)
3:15pmTea break
3:30pmWorkshop"Distributing & Exhibiting Archival Films – The Question of Copyright"Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Adebambo Adewopo (SAN)
5pmFilm screening“Spell Reel” (Filipa Cesar, Portugal, 2017)
SATURDAY, 26 October 201911amFilm screening“Independencia (Mario Bastos, Angola, 2015)
12:30pmArchival presentation"Shehu Umar: Context/ Connections& Development of the Project, Aspects of the Restoration and Archiving Process"Markus Ruff (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin)
1pmLunch break
2pmRed Carpet
2:30pmFilm premiere"Shehu Umar" (Adamu Halilu, Nigeria, 1976)
5pmPanel discussion / Q&A“Migration, Return, and the Enactment of Memory: Shehu Umar and the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade”Panelists: tbc
Moderation: Vinzenz Hediger (Goethe-University Frankfurt)
Break (to attend opening of Lagos Biennial)
SUNDAY, 27 October 20192pmFilm screening“Riddles of the Sphinx” (Laura Mulvey, Great Britain, 1976/77)
3:30pmFilm screening“The Halfmoon Files” (Philip Scheffner, Germany, 2007)
5pmTea break
5:15pmFilm screening“Al Kahera Menawara Be Ahlaha [Cairo as Seen by Chahine]” (Youssef Chahine, Egypt, 1991)
5:30pmFilm screening“In the Last Days of the City” (Tamer el-Said, Egypt, 2016)
7:30pmReception / VJing“What has Happened to Nigeria's Post-war [1967-70] Cinema?”Didi Cheeka (Lagos Film Society)

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