Saturday, September 12, 2009

Movie Review: Faith Like Potatoes

Faith Like Potatoes tells the true story of a Zambian farmer, Angus Buchan. Angus worked 24/7 to keep his farm going. His addiction to farm work cost him sleep and family time. After misbehavior, he left Zambia due to the unrest in the country. In South Africa, he continued to drift farther and farther away from his family and God. One day a fellow farmer invited Angus and his wife to attend church. Angus, frustrated and bitter, did not want to attend church for any reason, but he finally went after being dragged by his wife. It was there, that a farmer’s story of redemption took over his life and he accepted Jesus.

Being the only farmer in his general area that knew Jesus, he had a burning passion to tell others what had happened to him (even at the risk of being called names and mocked). Despite the opposition, Angus continued to grow stronger and stronger in God, and have compassion for people that he’d never had before. The villagers told Angus that they wanted to see a demonstration of his God’s power. Angus trusted God to help him through, and God always answered his prayers, and brought the villagers to God. (Faith Like Potatoes is also filmed on Angus’ actual property.)

The back cover of the DVD greatly explains the plot of the video. “A farmer moves his family to South Africa and suffers a series of seemingly insurmountable losses. Through unlikely friendships and much needed divine intervention, he discovers his life’s true purpose and it sustains his unwavering belief in the power of faith. A moving life journey of a man who, like his potatoes, grows his faith, unseen until the harvest.”

The video is WAY to good to describe in detail to you. If I did, I’d simply give away the plot of the video. I’ve seen a handful of great videos (like Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Underground Reality: Vietnam), but this video surpasses them all, in my opinion. This video was such an encouragement to seek God for everything, because He is able to do far more abundantly than you can ask or think. (This video is rated PG for an accident scene -- which was extremely gruesome -- mild language, and brief smoking.)

Faith Like Potatoes also features astonishing actors, a powerful message, and an encouragement to seek God always. Bonus features on this DVD include an Angus Buchan documentary, making of features, and behind the scenes. This is probably the best video I have ever seen, especially considering the fact that this was a true story and very few “real life” facts were actually changed in the movie. It cannot be rated in a chart of one to five, etc, because it’s simply to good to put into words. If you like missionary stories, this video is one you MUST see. I hope you will get a hold of this video, because it will change your life, and give you strength to keep on living for God.



  1. Jay, I saw the movie, too, and was equally inspired, especially since it was based on a true story. Thanks for your review of it. I hope it inspires others to watch it too! God bless!

  2. I watched the movie two nights in a row. People must watch the documentary on DVD to see more of this extraordinary man of God. The acting in this movie is as fine as you will find anywhere. Tell your friends to see it and maybe their appetite will be wet to find out more of the power and love of Jesus.

  3. I agree, Anonymous. I saw the documentary and was absolutely blown away. It's one thing to watch the movie, and another thing to see that it actually all happened. That man is amazing!

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