Two Nigerian films were screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TiFF). As of yesterday, both films have been picked for international distribution by a number of distribution companies. Farming, the second of the two films is Nigerian-British actor turned director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s directorial debut.
The film, recently picked up by Lionsgate for UK distribution via HanWay Films, is a semi-autobiographical film, based on Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s life as a young boy in UK. The title, Farming is in reference to the practice of Nigerian parents “farming out” their children to white UK families.
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Farming starts out in the 1960s and follows the story of Enitan, a London-born Nigerian boy, whose Yoruba parents “farm” him to a white working-class British family in hopes of giving him a better future. Enitan floats between cultures and ends up joining a white skinhead gang “led by a racist psychopath”. The film stars British-Nigerian actor, Damson Idris as Enitan and Kate Beckinsale as his foster mother, alongside Genevieve Nnaji, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and the director, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
HanWay Films has also closed deals with Ad Vitam in France, September Films in the Benelux region, Icon in Australasia, and CDC in Latin America and South Korea.
Here is a clip featuring the two lead characters:
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