Farming Review: A Migrant’s Grueling Tale of Self-Resentment

Set in the 60s in England when racism held sway, the movie Farming is a true-life story of the director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, whose character Enitan, wished he was white-skinned.

The Farming movie tells the story tells the tale of the farming phenomenon where Nigerian families foster their children out to white families so they can pursue their careers – schooling and working while in the UK.

Growing up as a kid, Enitan loathed his black skin so much that he would coat his face with talcum and go out to play with white kids only to be jeered at. Undeterred, he continued to hang around them all the same despite the bullies and banters meanwhile he resented his black skin and even gleefully joined a white cult and began to prey on his kind, black folks.

When he was eventually taken back to Nigeria by his parents, Enitan just couldn’t fit in and went completely mute. But then, on his return to the UK, he would need to reach inwards and combat his innermost fears before embracing a future of hope.

Starring Damson as Enitan, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Femi, Genevieve Nnaji as Tolu, Kate Beckinsale as Ingrid, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ms Dapo and a host of others, the 1hour, 47 minutes flick sees racism from a different perspective, one that is hardly told.

Related: Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Movie Debut – Farming, Coming to Nigeria Cinemas

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