Remi Vaughan Richards Discusses Her Award Winning Documentary, 'Faaji Agba'

Having worked in the film industry for most of her life... in the art department of Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone and Eyes Wide Shut by Stanley Kubrick – Remi Vaughan Richards knew she always wanted to direct but was leaning towards working on smaller productions. A daughter of two cultures (Nigerian and British) her directing is credited in the docu-drama One Small Step and TV Series Wetin Day for the BBC.

FAAJI AGBA PROMO 2015 from Remi Vaughan-Richards on Vimeo.

Her creative baby Faaji Agba, which she's been working on since 2009, tells the story of Kunle Tejuoso (developer of the Faaji Agba Collective and owner of the Ikoyi-located Jazzhole Record store) and the prolific musicians of the Faaji Agba band. In an interview with African Women in Cinema, Remi states that it was challenging filming the documentary as it was done with no money. Their list of sponsors grew when they were invited to perform at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York.

Fusing together jazz, highlife, afrobeat, rumba, Orisha and palm wine music that are suggestive of the Faaji name; the documentary takes the viewer on a journey that analyses the elements of Nigeria’s musical prototype from the 1940s to the present.

Remi’s mission is to create a slate of cutting edge feature films and documentaries that will focus sharply onto contemporary Africa and beyond. A vision that has been realised since debuting at the first night of the Lights, Camera, Africa festival in Lagos in September, 2015. This past weekend, Faaji Agba scooped Best Documentary at the Africa Magic Viewer's Choice Awards. Plans are in progress for distribution in the US and Brazil.

Remi takes home the award for Best Documentary. (Photo: Devesh Uba)

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