I'm a Subsistence Farmer, Get Me Out of Here!| 27mins
Director: Ceri Dingle | Producer: Ceri Dingle
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: United Kingdom
As Westerners celebrate nature and the so-called simple life, many in the developing world yearn for the comforts of urban modernity. Shot in Ghana, we learn that many would rather live in an urban shanty town than stay stuck in subsistence life in rural areas. Subsistence life means mud huts and mind-numbing toil. Helen wants a proper job. Cephus wants a commercial farm and a Jacuzzi, not mud walls and thatch. Comfort wants her kids off the farm and into education. De Roy explains that at least in a shanty town people can have access to a clinic, menial work, electricity, drinkable water, paved roads and TVs. "I'm a Subsistence Farmer, Get Me Out of Here" is the final documentary in the "Pricking the Missionary Position" series. It is packed with hard-hitting truths which may disturb Western romantic notions of rural life.