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A documentary film titled Badagry: A Journey Back in Time has been shortlisted for screening at the 5th Irepresent International Documentary Film Festival (19-22 March 2015) in Lagos.

According to an official statement, the documentary is scheduled to screen at the Freedom Park museum (March 19 at 1:09 pm) and at the Goethe Institut, City Hall (March 20 at 9:02 pm).

Shot and directed by photographer and broadcaster, Wome Uyeye, the film follows a busload of Nigerian tourists on a daylong excursion to Badagry, the historic town situated on the western tip of Lagos.

The excursion—tagged #VisitBadagry and which took place in May 2014—was organised by @TravelNextDoor, founded by CNN award-winning travel journalist and author, Pelu Awofeso, to: (1) promote domestic tourism and (2) to encourage Nigerians to travel within Nigeria. Aside from Badagry, @TravelNextDoor takes regular excursions to Abeokuta, Epe, Akure, Lokoja and other touristy locations in Nigeria.

While in Badagry, tourists visited attractions and relics associated with the slave trade, and the tour included stops at the Badagry Heritage Museum, the Brazillian Baracoon (slave-holding cells), Vlekete Slave Market, the Agia Tree monument as well as the palace of the Akran of Badagry, HRM Aholu Menu Toyi 1.

The festival organising committee says the documentary film festival will hold at the Freedom Park (off broad Street) and will feature over 50 documentary films screenings, panel discussions, workshops and networking, with filmmakers attending from countries like USA, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Mali, Ghana, Cameroun and Gabon.

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