I connected recently with independent filmmaker Chad Stembridge on Twitter. He mentioned that he’d be watching the Christian DVD “Faith Like Potatoes” and he graciously agreed to review it for us.
Chad Stembridge is a 19-year-old homeschool graduate and an aspiring film storyteller. Visit his website http://stembridgemill.com/blog or follow on Twitter http://twitter.com/stembridgemill .
I’m not sure what I was expecting before watching Faith Like Potatoes, but whatever it was, I didn’t get it. This film is definitely not your typical Christian film.
Faith Like Potatoes follows the true story of Angus Buchan, a South African farmer whose life is dramatically changed after meeting God. I have to be honest — there were some moments, especially before Buchan’s conversion, that left me wondering “Okay… where’s this going?” But like I said, it’s not a typical Christian film. It was refreshingly different and creative, plainly showing the progression of changes God can make in a man’s life when he gives himself to Him.
Great films make people think. Faith Like Potatoes did just that. The primary message of the story, of course, is faith — trusting God no matter what, even when circumstances are more than impossible. Angus sums it up perfectly when he states: “The condition for a miracle is difficulty, however the condition for a great miracle is not difficulty, but impossibility.”
The story of Angus’ strong faith in God got me thinking about how often Christians in America miss out on God’s blessings because of self-sufficiency. Instead of trusting God to heal sickness, we turn to a realm of doctors and drugs to fix our problems; Angus saw God raise a person from the dead. Instead of trusting God to protect the framework of our lives, we worry and stress ourselves out making our jobs and finances secure; Angus saw God protect his crops by sending a downpour of rain in the driest season of the year. It makes me wonder: what would I see God do if I were to trust Him in everything, believing the promises from His word with a child-like faith?
Aesthetically, the film was beautiful. The landscapes of South Africa and Zambia were gorgeous, camera angles carefully thought out, color and lighting quite well done. The film had plenty of eye candy for those who love good cinematography!
Faith Like Potatoes isn’t a perfect film… But then, what film is? I highly recommend it for viewing by both Christians and non-Christians alike.
If you’ve seen this film, please leave your thoughts in the comments.