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Farming
導演

亞迪威・亞金路維 - 亞格貝 Adewale AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE

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英國 UK | 2018 | DCP | Colour | 107min

放映場次

2019-09-01 (日) 10:30 Ambassador國賓影城 1廳

2019-08-29 (四) 17:10 SBC星橋國際影城 17廳

影片介紹

1970、80 年代,數萬名奈及利亞小孩被送到英國白人家庭寄養,他們的父母認為,此舉可讓小孩擁有更美好的未來。導演兼編劇本人,小時候就是這樣被送出寄養的小孩之一,片裡主角以其成長經歷為藍本。故事圍繞種族議題,有著《叢林熱》的身分政治關懷,一如《美國 X 檔案》對白人光頭黨提出批判,亦有《以父之名》的勵志感人。本片獨到之處,更在於創作者講述其成長過程所親身經歷的種種兇險,進而帶出一種黑格爾式的主奴辯證視角。

Based on his own life story, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming charts the extraordinary journey of a young fostered Nigerian boy who, struggling to find an identity, falls in with a skinhead gang in 1980’s England. Told with brutal honesty, Farming is an unflinching autobiographical portrait of a young man who must battle the odds and realize that his toughest battle will be learning to love himself.

導演
亞迪威・亞金路維 - 亞格貝 Adewale AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE
導演介紹

亞迪威・亞金路維 - 亞格貝,1967 年出生於英國,父母是來自奈及利亞的留學生。出生 6 週後,被送到白人藍領家庭寄養。成長過程跌跌撞撞,一度加入極右白人光頭黨,亦曾自殺未遂。後改過自新,攻讀法律學位,被相中成為模特兒、演員。本片為其首部執導長片。

Adewale AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE is an award winning, Nigerian British-born actor, writer, director and producer, with a career spanning more than two decades, appearing in over 50 films. His credits include his groundbreaking role as Simon Adebisi in Oz (1997-2003) and as Mr. Eko in the acclaimed series Lost (2004-2010).

2018 多倫多影展 Toronto IFF
2019 愛丁堡影展最佳英國劇情片 Best British Feature Film, Edinburgh IFF

導演的話

1967年,在我六周大時,我的奈及利亞父母將我送養至英格蘭東南部埃塞克斯郡的蒂爾伯里貧民區小鎮,給一戶窮困的吉普賽家庭照顧。我的奈及利亞父親當時正在研讀法律,雖然距離不到一個小時路程,但在8歲之前我都沒見過自己的父母。藉由像我這樣經歷被稱作「托養」不尋常現象在英國長大的黑人孩子,分享自己切身經驗的故事,對我來說非常重要。「託養」也是奈及利亞移民為了生存與建立自己生活而推行的作法;將他們剛出生不久的孩子送往白人勞動階級家庭托養。我們實際上是第一批出生在英國土地上的黑人英國移民孩童。

《你家小孩我來教》這部電影的形成,起初是為了讓自己不再失眠,我開始每晚睡前寫10至20頁的東西。過了幾週後,我累積了五百頁的手稿而我想要把這些手稿修成一個劇本。我相信自己今日之所以活著,不但是要說出我的故事,也要說出那一代經歷過這種成長階段的孩子的故事。至於個人層面部分,不僅要潤實自己對過往經歷的情緒,同時也要學著放下。雖然我的職業生涯和生活上都成功無所缺,但心裡總有一些東西始終困擾著自己,直到我將這些東西說了出來。這些東西是我的過去,是曾經影響我生活的衝擊。

英國有個全世界都熟悉的形象,無論是英國皇室、龐德或是披頭四,卻也有一種在理解上於英國之所以偉大的絕對忽視。黑人與移民,或移民族群的經歷是現今英國再真實不過的樣貌。我認為以個人而言,我需要讓人看見或聽見自己的經歷,也敍述出大多數黑人移民所親身體會的大部份經歷。

這個故事解及了許多當今相關的議題。身為一個成長於英國70和80年代的黑人,有時生活遭遇極為艱辛,殘酷及充滿種族歧視。70年代的英國是一個難熬且變化遽烈的地方;處處存在著反移民暴力,白人至上主義言論四起及普遍無包容性的偏狹。提爾伯立光頭黨的崛起讓人人都感到恐懼,甚至連警察都害怕這股勢力。經過多年下來光頭黨有系統的霸凌折磨並令人感到無可奈何,經歷不斷地被迫站穩自己的腳跟之後,我為自己爭了一口氣,最終加入我的壓迫者——我成為了一個黑人光頭黨。

隨著我參與光頭黨越來越深入,我的寄養媽媽因為害怕失去其他寄養孩子便通知我的奈及利亞父母。我的生父現今是奈及利亞的一位成功律師,他出面介入並帶我離開提爾伯立的一切苛刻現實生活。他送我去就讀薩里的一所私立學校。我克服一切困難,克服了少年時期的一切阻礙,進入倫敦國王學院研讀法律,並取得了法律學士與碩士學位。

英國社會從來沒有真正解決過《你家小孩我來教》電影裡的點出的問題。這些問題被轉移至檯面之下,這也是之所以「托養」現象幾乎是不為人知的議題;儘管事實是這問題存在了幾十年,而且持續影響著今日的非裔世代。在英國,大家只是容忍黑人,而不是接納他們,我們只需要看看近來的例子「疾風醜聞」就知道了。如果你想改變或想要真正的和諧,你不得不誠實地看待這些問題,而不是將問題揮到檯面之下,將這些問題當作終將消失的污穢秘密。

本片是關於擁抱與接納非裔族群與其他移民文化,這些都是英國文化和社群密不可分的一部份。這與實行律法無關,而是關於人們的心態、觀點及態度,而我希望這部電影能真正做到這件事。

作為英國人與膚色無關,而是文化。除非我們國家的精髓能真正做到這一點,否則我們永遠都無法成為「偉大的英國」。我希望《你家的小孩我來教》能給予我們一個機會,讓我們誠實地重新審視移民與生活在英國的黑人族群問題。本片在於探討真正接納黑人族群為英國的一部份,而不是像目前存在的那種敷衍容忍。我希望這部電影能展開對話,可以促使於聚焦當前態度的轉變。

In 1967, when I was six weeks old, my Nigerian parents left me in the care of an impoverished gypsy family in the south east of England in the slum docking town of Tilbury in Essex. My Nigerian father was studying law less than an hour away, but I wasn’t to see my parents again until I was eight-years-old. It was important for me to share my experience as a black child growing up in Britain through this extraordinary phenomenon known as ‘farming’- the practice that Nigerian Immigrants would carry out in order to survive and build their lives, by having their newly-borns fostered out to white working- class families. We were in effect the first black British generation of immigrant children to be born on British soil.


FARMING the movie began with me not being able to sleep at night. I would write ten to twenty pages per night in order to sleep. In a couple weeks, I had a five-hundred-page manuscript that I wanted to adapt into a screenplay. I believe that I am alive today to not only tell my story, but that of a generation of children that experienced this phenomenon.
On a personal level it was so important to not only flesh my feelings in regard to my past, but also put them to rest. While I’ve had a tremendous amount of success in my career and life in general, there was always something that still plagued me, until I addressed it. It was my past, and the impact that it had on my life.


There’s an image of Great Britain that the world is familiar with – whether it’s the monarchy, James Bond or the Beatles – but there is an absolute neglect of understanding what actually makes Britain great. The experiences of the black and immigrant or migrant population are a very real part of what Britain is today. I felt that, on a personal level, I needed my own experiences to be seen and heard and this would illuminate the mass experience of what a lot of black immigrants had gone through.


The story touches on so many relevant and contemporary issues. Growing up as a black person in the 1970s and 80s Britain, was at times extremely hard, brutal and racist. England in the 70s was a rough and rapidly changing landscape, where anti-immigrant violence, and white supremacist rhetoric and general intolerance were prevalent. The rise of Tilbury’s Skinhead chapter had everyone terrified–even the police. After years of systematic torment from Skinheads and with nowhere left to run. After being forced to constantly stand my ground I earnt a reputation and eventually joined my oppressors. I became a black Skinhead.


As my gang involvement escalated, my foster mother in fear of losing her other foster children called the Nigerian Parents. My biological father, now a successful barrister in Nigeria, stepped in, and took me out of Tilbury’s harsh realities, and paid for me to attend a private school in Surrey. Against the odds I thrived and overcame the obstacles of my youth, going on to study law at Kings College London where I gained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Laws.


The issues raised in FARMING have never been fully addressed by British society. They are surreptitiously swept under the carpet, and that’s why the phenomenon of farming has been largely unknown despite the fact, it has existed for decades and that these are things that still impact an entire African generation today. Blacks are simply tolerated in Britain, as opposed to accepted, we simply have to look at the recent Windrush scandal as an example of this. If you want change or harmony, you are going to have to look at these issues honestly and not sweep them under the carpet as if they are a dirty secret that will disappear.


It’s about embracing and accepting that the African population, and other immigrant cultures, have been an integral part of British culture and community. This isn’t about implementing laws, it’s about affecting people’s mindsets, perspectives and attitudes. It is my hope that FARMING will do exactly that.


Being British isn’t a colour–it’s a culture. Until we get that in our country’s marrow we will never fulfil on a promise that is “Great Britain”. It’s my hope that FARMING gives us an opportunity as a nation to honestly re-evaluate issues with regards to immigration and the black population that lives in the UK. It’s about embracing the black population as a real part of the British fabric, and not the cursory tolerance that currently exists. I would hope that FARMING is the start of a dialogue that can foster change surrounding current attitudes.

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