How Do We Revisit Memory?
Cinema presents memory as a collective commodity, and as a means to tapping into the strength of human existence. It provides a platform for engaging history and questioning the past from the standpoint of the present.
When a group of film enthusiasts one afternoon prepared for a screening at the Nigerian Film Corporation in Ikoyi, they accidentally came across a stash of forgotten film reels rotting away in a ‘ghost room’. The state of the reels, numbering hundreds, immediately brought up many questions: Could this encounter be a metaphor to how we engage memory as a people? Why have we never really consciously engaged with history? Is this negligence an oversight of a people or did we, as a nation, over the years, decide it unnecessary to engage the past?
RECLAIMING HISTORY, UNVEILING MEMORY, a 2-Day symposium by Lagos Film Society (LFS), supported by Goethe-Institut Nigeria and British Council, seeks to fill this vacuum, to shine a flashlight, and make a floodlight of it, into the mystery that shrouds a collective past, and to trigger the culture of revisiting memory. On 29th and 30th April, 2016, local and international experts will be sharing the archival experiences with the interested audience via panels, presentations, film screenings, and workshops. The Indonesian film collective Lab Labalaba will present their approach to film archives in Jakarta, while London-based German film curator Nikolaus Perneczky (Filmkollektiv Frankfurt) will talk about working with African film archives in a European context. Beninese filmmaker, Idrissou Mora-Kpai, will present his film “Indochine”, and iconic Nigerian filmmaker, Dr. Ola Balogun, will screen and discuss some of his early films. There will also be a special session curated by Nsibidi Institute and the Royal African Society.
The venue of the conference is the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi road, beside Voice of Nigeria, Ikoyi; the program starts on Friday, 29 April at 10am. The detailed programme will be available as from next week under www.lagosfilmsociety.com
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