Harvest 3000 Years

Director: Haile Gerima
Country: Ethiopia
Year: 1975
Running Time: 150 min
Language: Amharic

Harvest 3000 Years

Based in the U.S., Haile Gerima returned to his native Ethiopia to shoot this massive, staggering reflection on Ethiopia amidst the collapse of Haile Selassie’s uncaring regime prior to the military takeover.

Tenants work in various capacities on a farm riddled with echoes of feudal colonialism.Work is treated neutrally; it isn’t sanctified, in the silent Soviet manner, or identified with oppression. Rather, it is the landlord, equipped with an absolute sense of entitlement, and the social structure he represents that attach oppressed lives to the farm laborers. Indolent (he even has to be “shoed” by a servant to be ready for church), the landlord berates the shoeless farmers for indolence—a charge that images of their field and other labor piercingly refute.

About the Director

Haile Gerima

haile-gerimaBiography: Haile Gerima is an award-winning and critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Born in Ethipia, he is perhaps best known as the writer, producer, and director of the 1993 film Sankofa. What inspires the filmmaker is a tireless devotion to the art of independent cinema and the vision of a uniquely innovative cinematic movement that stresses a symbiotic relationship between African Diasporan artists and the larger community.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.28)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976).

Hour Glass (1971);
Child of Resistance (1973);
Harvest: 3,000 Years [Mirt Sost Shi Amit] (1976);
Wilmington 10 – U.S.A. 10,000 (1979);
Bush Mama (1979);
Ashes and Embers (1982);
After Winter: Sterling Brown (1985);
Sankofa (1993);
Imperfect Journey (1994);
Adwa: An African Victory (1999);
Teza (2008).