Harvest: 3,000 Years, part of the film series Resistance & Revolution: The Cinema of Haile Gerima
Dir. Haile Gerima
1976 | 2h 30 min
Harvest: 3,000 Years is Haile Gerima’s first feature set in Africa and a milestone in African cinema. This epic picture of life in contemporary Ethiopia was filmed in Amharic with local cast.
A poor, nameless Ethiopian peasant family slogs away under the watchful eye of a feudal ruler. Sitting there comfortably, he shouts his orders from the veranda, under protest from a local ‘fool’. This man is also trying to convince the peasants of the only way out: get an education. The family seems accustomed to their repetitive and hopeless existence, cherishing memories of happier times and apparently accepting their fate… until something breaks in one of them.
The screening will be introduced by Tessema Mulugeta, President, Bikala Award, who will speak about the film in the context of Gerima’s career. Ato Tessema Mulugeta, President and co-founder of Bikila Award, Toronto Bikila Award is a non-for profit, non-political and non-religious organization created mainly to empower young people reach their highest potential and to celebrate their achievements. Bikila Award is created to foster academic, professional and business excellence and promote volunteerism among persons of Ethiopian origin and friends of Ethiopia around the world primarily through awards and recognition.