US Consulate kicks off inaugural documentary film festival in Lagos

US Consulate Public Affairs Officer ,Russell Brooks
US Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Russell Brooks, speaking at the inaugural documentary film festival in Lagos on Monday

The U.S. Consulate in Nigeria launched its inaugural 4-day Documentary Film Festival billed to run from August 19th-23rd in Lagos.

The festival brings award-winning contemporary American documentaries, independent narrative films, and storytelling know-how to its audiences in order to highlight the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation.


Declaring the event open, the US Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Russell Brooks stated, “Film offers a powerful tool for people to people engagement. We hope that these films help us to recognize that what we share in common is so much stronger than that which attempts to divide us.”


US Consulate Public Affairs Officer ,Russell Brooks
The first screening at the festival was Robin Hauser’s documentary film, ‘Bias’ and it was immediately followed by a panel session featuring Debola Williams and Dr. Maymunah Kadiri-Yusuf hosted by ‘Oma Areh.
Debola Williams, Dr Maymunah Kadiri-Yusuf and ‘Oma Areh.

Speaking on the event, the festival director, Inya Lawal, said, “We are excited to bring this to Lagos. “These stories all have elements of social familiarity across different cultures from the USA to Nigeria.  The audience should expect to laugh, cry, be moved and get motivated from the exceptional stories these films will tell” she added.

The festival director, Inya Lawal

The inaugural launch had in attendance, media partners as well as prominent guests including Debola Williams, Group CEO Red Africa; Dr. Kemi Dasilva-Ibru, Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) and Dr. Maymunah Kadiri-Yusuf, founder of Pinnacle Medical Services Limited.

Nike Majekodunmi

Other are Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Nigerian Film Maker and Managing Director of Brickwall Communications Limited; Chef Fregz, Nike Majekodunmi and a host of others.

The film festival is presented in partnership with Ascend studios and supported by MTV Base, WARIF, IMagneto Dance company, and WildFlower PR.



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