Farming Movie Review

Often times disturbing, this unflinching film examines the human cost of a practice called ‘Framing’. This was an accepted practice in the seventies among Nigerian families. Parents would send their young children to live in England with white foster parents hoping that their children would have a better life.

This often times led to disillusion and alienation as some of the children never felt fully immersed in either culture. Some of the foster homes were also far from perfect environments and racial prejudice was rampant at that time and greatly added to the internal unrest.



The film is loosely based on writer/director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s actual childhood and it tells a horrifying tale about his early years. It also presents a challenge to the audience to believe and sympathise with a story almost too incredible to believe. It’s more than a harrowing experience.

The young child Enitan (Damson Idris), a quiet and introspective child is so traumatised and yearns to fit in so badly, when he hits his teen years he joins a skin-head group lead by a white supremacist. It’s difficult to see this scenario happening in real life but it’s easy to feel how damaged he is. Sometime life truly is stranger than fiction.

Farming is currently screening at Dendy cinemas – head to their website for more information about screenings and to book tickets online

Rob Hudson