The Bird has spent the majority of this mizzy Sunday afternoon teary-eyed and homesick for Africa – hangover emotions may be a contributing factor, but watching the movie Faith Like Potatoes is the main reason fo’sho’… I cannot believe it has taken me so long to watch this – anyone who hasn’t seen it yet has to find a copy of the DVD and watch it NOW!
A quick summary of the story a la Wikipedia:
Set in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, this story is about a Zambian farmer who leaves his farm in the midst of political unrest and racially charged land reclaims and travels south with his family to start a better life. With nothing more than a caravan on a patch of land, and help from his foreman, Simeon Bhengu, the Buchan family struggle to settle in a new country. Faced with ever mounting challenges, hardships and personal turmoil, Angus quickly spirals down into a life consumed by anger, fear and destruction. Based on events in the life of Angus Buchan, the book was adapted for the big screen by award-winning actor and director, Regardt van den Bergh, and weaves together the moving journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.
It really is an incredible story about overcoming hardships – not just for farmers, not just for Christians, not just for Africans – but for anyone who believes in the power of FAITH and POSITIVITY and LOVE…
Get your Kleenex out, it’s a bit of a tear-jerker – and ladies, be warned, you will be in lurrrve with the lead actor (Frank Rautenbach) before the end of the movie!
If you can get past some of the bad South African acting (not Frank obviously, we love Frank!) I hope you will feel inspired and humbled like I do after watching this…