Faith Like Potatoes

Synopsis: Frank Rautenbach leads a strong cast as Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage, 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 in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. 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 the inspiring true story by Angus Buchan the book was adapted for the big screen by Regardt van den Bergh and weaves together the moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.
Genre: Drama
Production: SPE Aquisitions
  1 win.
116 min

What have I done?

You are mad.

Move back... move back...


Hey, boys, hit, man!

Hey, these boys...

...there we go.

This is it!

Thank you, girl.

Hey, Isaiah...

There's a new white man

at the Dixon place.

We must go see

if he can give us some work.

This is it!

These boys...

Hey, boys, be firm!

Go down, go down!

I'm asking if you have

some work for me?


No, I only speak Zulu, sir.

I will do a good job.

I know farm work.

Well, can you drive one of those?

So, what can you do, man?

No, Nkosana, you can't live

in a toy house, it's not right.

No, man, slower, man. Slower.

I know very little Zulu.

Don't speak too fast.

I can show you how to build a house.

The little tin house on wheels...'s not good for your family.

Nkosana thinks that it will take...

...a long time... to build a house.

He says... he'll get a builder to do it.

No, no, tell him not to worry.

I'm a strong man.

I've got other strong men

and women who can help us.

We'll build a beautiful house

in a few weeks.

This is my old friend Isaiah.

He's come here to help me.

He also wants to work here

with us on the farm.

Good day, Nkosana.

Hey. What's wrong?

What's wrong?

There's a big problem.

What big problem?

Speak up, Bhengu!

There's a big accident.

Well, show me.

Nkosana, I let... Simeon drive...

No, no... you're not putting it right!

I let you drive...

Come back!

It's fine.

Come back.

After work.

I don't have money for a mechanic.

For no extra pay.

Do you understand?

It's right, Nkosana. We will do that.

You're right.

There's a breeze... eh...

There's a breeze...

- You mean a little bit?

- Yes.

- You mean a small bit?

- A little bit.

There's a bit of breeze

but we should be fine.

Yes! You got it!

Yes, the grass,

the bushes are a little green still.

It will not burn too fast.

Hey, Simeon,

what do you know about Jesus?

No, wait a minute.

Do you know him?

All I know is that

he's the white man's God.

No, man.

What do you know about him?

The women go to his church

on Sundays...

...and us men drink and sleep.

We've done enough on that side.

We can start...

No. Hey.

Call the others!

Quickly, quickly.

I have to get help!

Simeon, we have to...

...keep the fire away from...

...Lion Match's trees!

We must pray for rain now!

There will be no rain.

The rain season is not here yet.

We must pray for rain now!

There will be no rain!

The rain season is not here yet.




What's wrong?

Some women

have been struck by lightning.

- One of them is dead!

- I'm coming now.

What's going on there?

They're too scared to go inside.

Our sister Portia is dead.

She's dead in there.

The other one is burnt.

You told us your God is powerful.

You pray.

Can you hear me?

Can you hear me?

Lift up your hands to God!

God raised you.

You understand that?

It is the power of God.

It's not me who did this, Mama.

It's not me who did this, Mama.

Stand up, stand up, Mama.

It's God himself who gives her life.

Listen to me! Listen to me.

It's the power of God

that works here.

God gives life.

Thank you, God.

Is it true, Nkosana?

Is she alive again?

God answered our prayer, Simeon.

I was ready to bring her children

to your orphanage.

Thank you, God!

- Oh, thank you.

- Thank you.

Come, listen up.

Thank you for your hard work today.

Tomorrow, as you know,

I leave for the land of my forefathers,



look after Jill and my children.

Simeon, you're my induna.

Look after the farm, please.

Steyn will manage the farm.

Yes, Nkosana.

We will protect Mother

and the little ones.

Thank you, Simeon.

Thank you.

- Good evening, Mama.

- Good evening, Simeon.

I've come to make sure you

and the little ones are safe.

Is everything fine?

All is well, thank you.

What is that bird?

It's the rain bird...

...the slow, black bird

that we Zulus catch easily...

...but we cannot eat.

Because we can become

like that stupid bird.

It's the bird that calls the rain.


May I ask you...

...when is Nkosana getting back

from his homeland?

He's been gone for so long.

He's coming back next week.

That's good!

Sleep well.

And the children. You'll be safe.

You see...

Nilale kalhe, my friend.

If you say so, sister.

Hey, that's my problem.

I leave you for a few months

and now you're the expert here!

Scotland is beautiful.

It is cold and very wet there.

Hey, Nkosana.

I don't understand.

If Scotland is so beautiful...

...and the people so friendly...

...and your forefathers

mean so much to you...

...then why do you stay in Africa?

Are there no farms there?

Why do you live with the Zulus?

In Zululand?

Don't get me wrong,

I don't disrespect you.

I can see this habit... white people

like to be in both places.

One foot

is up somewhere in the north...

...and the other one here in my land!

Isn't it?

You are right to ask that question,


I know that I have a white skin...

...but I belong to...

...a white tribe of Africans.


God wants me here.

Even if I'm a brother

who has many faults.

Let it come in.

What is your Zulu name?


...which means

"busy and nervous one."

Not everyone uses that name.

You can use that name "Gidli"

if you like.


Thank you, my brother.

Open the gate.

Push it. Let it come.

What's wrong?

The tractor's stuck in the field.

We can pull it out with this one.

What's happening?

I'll show you, you're taking too long.

We'll show you how the Zulus do it.

It's easy. Let's tie it around.

Tie a knot there!

God has provided for us in the past,

He'll do it again.

Baba, it is time.

Time to harvest.

Should I dig up a row

to see what is there?

Gidli, my friend

Tell the workers we should meet

at sunrise to pray.


This will be the best ever harvest!

Potatoes! Big potatoes!




Potatoes! Big potatoes from God!


Heita, Simeon.

Big potatoes. Potatoes.

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