British-born Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’ Movie debut, ‘Farming’ will be showing at the Nigerian cinemas this October.
His unique story will be showing in the cinemas in his country of origin – Nigeria from October 25 beginning his directional debut.
The award-winning actor was taken into adoptive care by a white family near London as a baby in the 1960s. When he was a youth, he did the absurd as a black kid – he joined a gang of violent white supremacists.
In 1967 as six-week-old baby in Tilbury, a southeast England town, Akinnuoye-Agbaje was left in the care of a white family. He then joined a gang of white supremacist – a far-right subculture often associated with racist violence in Britain.
The flick Farming, gets its name from a term “farmed” out, which is used to describe the practice of Nigerian immigrants fostering their kids to white families in Britain so they could work, study and save money.
Adewale told Reuters at the film’s Nigerian premiere on Saturday in Lagos that he is hoping the film will be part of a “healing” process for people who looked forward to foster care to give their children better lives.
“It is an important part of British history as well as Nigerian culture, so to be able to bring a story that I have harboured for so long home to the Nigerian audience is… a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” said Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The film, ‘Farming’ cost about 3 million pounds ($3.89 million) to produce and features star; British actor Kate Beckinsale as the foster mother, Damson Idris as Enitan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ms. Dapo, Nollywood’s Genevieve Nnaji as Tolu.
“Perhaps this can provide a healing in some sense but ultimately a re-evaluation of our child-rearing processes,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje told Reuters, after first being screened in London last month.
“I’m hoping that it will create a dialogue and a collective therapy for those that are still suffering, and a healing because many of the Nigerian farmers don’t actually go back for the children that were fostered,” he added.
The Farming story puts a spotlight on thousands of Nigerians leave the West African country each year in search of a better life abroad especially to in Europe and North America.
Attendees at the screening of the movie noted that it was interesting to see a depiction of life overseas that differed from their expectations, “When it comes to racism… we normally focus on America but it was nice to see what actually happened in the UK (United Kingdom),” broadcaster Simi Drey noted.
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