More and more Nigerians are breaking into the mainstream movie scene with Genevieve Nnaji also involved in a new British movie, Farming.
The movie stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje whom you might know from the Bourne Identity and Suicide Squad who also wrote the script.
The movie also stars Hollywood powerhouse, Kate Beckinsale (Underworld franchise) and a host of other stars.
The movie centers around a child whose Yorubá parents give him to a white working-class family in London in the 1960s, and who grows up to join a white skinhead gang led by a racist psychopath
Genevieve Nnaji stars as Tolu, the child’s biological mother and she’s married to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s character.
The movie looks into themes such as identity, racism and finding oneself as the protagonist struggled being a black kid in an era when racism was prevalent and in a bid to fit in, tried to denounce his heritage and get into hooliganism.
The movie is a project close to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s heart as it was based on his own childhood as he was also ‘farmed’ to British parents who then took care of him. He returned to Nigeria briefly, but unable to speak Yoruba and forbidden by his parents to speak English, he had to return to the UK. He ended up joining a skinhead gang to escape racism and was a thief. Things escalated and he almost took his own life before reconciling with himself and making a change.
The movie was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and while the reception of the movie is rather lukewarm, it still has a powerful message for people who might find themselves in the same situation.
You can check out the trailer for the movie below and peep Genevieve Nnaji fitting in with Hollywood elite like a natural.