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One of the most shocking social experiments in recent UK history involved the farming out of Nigerian children to white families in the 1960s. Drawing on his own life story, actor-turned-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje writes and directs this painful but moving look at what that experiment meant to a London-born child whose Yorubá parents voluntarily gave him to a white working-class family.

Enitan's (Damson Idris) upbringing is a rollercoaster ride. Living with a half-dozen other children in his new foster home, the young boy drifts off into a world of fantasy in an effort to cope. A brief move back to Nigeria, where he can't speak his parents' native tongue, offers no asylum. Sent back to England, he is desperate to fit in, taking him on the most mind-bending of trips during which he joins a white skinhead gang led by a racist psychopath and finds himself beating up on his own kind. Akinnuoye-Agbaje withholds nothing as he details Enitan's hurt, his yearning, and his descent into destructive self-loathing. Farming leads us on a journey of twists and turns, and of a perseverance that will take Enitan in unexpected directions.

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