"'Fervently Faith Like Potatoes'
Portrays Farmer's Vegetables Victoriously Blending Beliefs!"
By Kristen Agnew
Faith Like Potatoes (2009)
The movie is rated PG for thematic content, incidents of
trauma & injury, and the use of alcohol and cigarettes! The run time
is 97 min.
Frank Rautenbach - Angus Buchan
Jeanne Neilson - Jill Buchan
Sean Cameron Michael - Fergus Buchan
Hamilton Dlamini - Simeon
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RECOMENDATION: I recommend "Faith
Like Potatoes" to anyone who is craving a deeper film experience.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: "Faith
Like Potatoes" is the true story about a farmer named Angus (played by Frank Rautenbach) who decided to move his family
from Zambia to South Africa. When he arrives there, the local people
humorously compare him to an angry Italian worker and predict his farm
will not last. Once a drought hits, he is forced to make a decision for
his family's future that calls into question the practicality of faith
"Faith Like Potatoes" is an inspiring story set in Africa which has the potential to
satisfy or to leave the viewer wanting more, depending on one's
perspective. The writers and producers did a good job treating the
integration of Agnus and his family into African society. If anything, I
wanted to read more about the life of Angus Buchan after watching it.
Watch this true story unfold to witness the benefits and challenges of
blind faith and how a strong-willed man develops character --rooted not
just in time spent in the fields, but in a living Gospel that works
miracles in everyday lives.
REVIEW: "Faith Like Potatoes" has thematic elements,
incidents of trauma & injury, and the use of alcohol, and cigarettes. It
puts an emphasis on one's heritage and how it is used to connect with
others. Apart from educating viewers on the life of farmers in 20th
century South Africa, the movie's strongpoint is its spiritual
component, as it traces the experience of main character Angus and his
family as they struggle to survive amidst the economic, racial and
emotional stresses that are inevitably part of the foreign farmer's
life. It also addresses issues such as grief, family conflict, El Nino,
mediocrity in the church, humanitarian work, culture clashes, and the
transforming power of faith. Although the movie maintains a serious
tone, humor is woven throughout.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE MOVIE: (SPOILER ALERT)
1. ISSUE OF FARMING:
I particularly related to 'Faith Like Potatoes' because of
my family's heritage and my experience growing up abroad. Both my
parents descended from farming families-- one of my Grandfathers even
grew potatoes, and I heard stories about what it was like.
OF CULTURE CLASHES: My time growing up in the politically-tumultuous country Haiti
presented similar challenges to Angus's family's experience, in how we
interacted with the local culture, attempted to overcome language
barriers, and overcome job-related stress of my dad.
Just like the movie, 'Faith Like Potatoes',
my mom once shared a story about how potatoes came to symbolize God's
provision in her life. After my family moved back the United States from
Haiti, they were praying about finances and, I imagine, other basic life
needs that concerned them. One day our neighbor brought us a bag of
potatoes, and my mom was overjoyed because she had just read an email
about God providing potatoes for people in need. Her joy and trust in
God during that time remains in my memory.
I was recently reminded of God's provision and
what he did for my family, when Josh, my boyfriend gave me a box of
potatoes, as part of a scavenger hunt, to celebrate our biblical
relationship of two years. He said he wanted his love to be substantial,
not just fading like a bouquet of flowers though he gave me those too!
The gift of potatoes is multifaceted because of how many things can be
cooked with them. We agreed that potatoes rot- but the potatoes he gave
me lasted longer than the flowers endured, as my housemates in my
apartment incorporated them into several meals past the end of June.
QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
Is 'Faith Like
Potatoes' a weak attempt to add Christian sustenance to
2. Could the living Gospel do the same in
your life and mine?
Kristen Agnew is a
graduate student at Duquesne University and a cell group leader
of Living Acts which is part of Oakland International Fellowship, the
English congregation for Pittsburgh Chinese Church-Oakland!