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Lagos Film Review

Lagos Film Review is a publication of the LFS. It’s aim is to present regular film critiques and writings about films to a general audience. The first issues of the Lagos Film Review were published for the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, 24-27 March 2016. You can read the four editions that came out during the festival here. Further reviews will be published directly on the homepage under the category Lagos Film Review.

In defence of criticism: Critics are not rabid dogs…

By Michael Kolawole “Rap critics that say he’s Money, Cash, [and] Hoes… I’m like, fuck critics; you can kiss my whole asshole. If you don’t like my lyrics, you can press forward.”Jay Z— 99 Problems Too many people believe that critics are rabid dogs or

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A Longing Most Supreme…

By Kolawole Oludamilare There are many captivating pictures in Burkinabe. The film, co written and directed by Nthato Mokgata and Carla Fonseca, opens with images of African landscapes, followed by one of an old woman. A boy utters the film’s first words. He is shown

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iREP 2020

The iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival marks its 10th anniversary in March 2020. The anniversary edition scheduled to hold from March 18 through 22, in Lagos, will be a celebration of the achievements of the last 10 years. Since its maiden edition in March 2011,

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By Kolawole Oludamilare Rafiki, through a friendship that transcends prejudice, explores a most contentious discourse within the African society. At the height of critical expressions, revolutionary thoughts and liberal claims, many seemingly advancing African societies are still naïve and afraid or blindly adamant to accepting

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Memory Also Die

By Didi Cheeka Layered with text – of a personal nature -Memory Also Die takes as its point of departure the old idea that the personal is political–in the sense that collective forgetting is a politicially-sponsored act.  The 70s – the post-Biafra-war era – was

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The Utopia of a New Country

Review of the film, A Memory in Three Acts. By Kolawole Oludamilare The documentary film A Memory in Three Acts is a brutal picture of memories; times and events of Mozambique’s colonial era and struggle for liberation. Directed by the Mozambican director and cinematographer, Inadelso

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by Didi Cheeka For the first time in Nigerian society, there seem to be a widespread nihilist movement, whose only programme is internet fraud and a loosening of sexual standards, and whose sole leader, fittingly, is alleged fraudster and porn singer: Naira Marley. Underlying this

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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:

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Three Filmmakers on Human Migration

By Dare Dan At the Lights Camera Africa Film Festival three teachers take their students to school—to borrow Fela Kuti’s idea of how a society gains consciousness. The topic is Modern Human Migration. The song Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense befits what these three different

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Fantasies of the New Nollywood By Didi Cheeka By the time I arrived MUSON Centre’s Agip Hall for the Lights Camera Africa Film Festival, Ema Edosio’s Kasala had been playing for a while and the hall was packed full. Determined to avoid a repeat, I

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