Documentary film ‘President’ selected for iRep Film Festival

The organisers of the iRep International Documentary Film Festival have announced President as the opening film to screen at the 12 edition of the event.

Produced and directed by Camilla Neilsson, the film is a riveting and epic reminder that, while specifics may differ, the fight for democracy is of universal relevance.

A statement from the organisers read: “Zimbabwe is at a crossroads. In the first election since the removal of Robert Mugabe, the new leader of the opposition Nelson Chamisa is challenging the dictator’s corrupt legacy, and his successor Emmerson ‘the crocodile’ Mnangagwa.

“The election will be the ultimate test for both sides. How they interpret the principles of democracy, if they can inspire trust among the citizenry, not succumb to violence, and foster faith in institutions, will set the course for the future of the country.

“IREP is excited to present this film as an important seminal and nuanced African story which not only fulfills moral and political prerequisites but also creative advancement in documentary filmmaking.

“The festival opens at Terra Kulture, Lagos on Thursday 17th March 2022 and runs till Sunday 20th March at multiple locations including its traditional base, Freedom Park, Broad Street, and at the Art Factory hall of the Crown Troupe of Africa in Bariga Lagos, among others.

“About 70 films drawn from 28 countries cutting across four continents are featuring in the festival that has become a leading light of documentary film production and expression in West Africa, and by extension the continent of Africa.”