When a Farm Goes Aflame
This captivating, intimate and contemplative documentary that takes us from Denmark to Nigeria where is a superb and worthy continuation from his first feature a Portrait of a Lonely Farmer.
Jide Tom Akinleminu
Germany 2021. 112min
Syndicado Film Sales
Danish, English, Yoruba
With English subtitles
His father Akin had left Nigeria as a young man in the 1970s to Denmark to study agriculture. Here he meets his future Danish wife Grete. They decide to move and start a family in Nigeria a country which at that time was enjoying the benefits of the vast wealth coming from its oil reserves. However after 16 year, political and economic instability, along with corruption amongst the ruling elite, threatened the peace and Akin decides to relocate the family to Denmark, and in doing so sets off a chain of events that would remain a secret from the filmmaker for 30 years. As the film progressesAkinleminu subtly builds a wide ranging portrait of his scattered individual family members, questioning and seeking answers without losing the moving affection that he has for his subjects.
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