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Black Harvest

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part of The Highlands Trilogy
by Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson
color, 90 min, 1992
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Black Harvest, the final film in the Highlands Trilogy, charts the progress of Joe Leahy in convincing the Ganiga tribespeople to join him in a coffee growing venture. He provides the money and the expertise; they supply the land and labor. But on the eve of success, the world coffee price collapses and tribal warfare erupts in the valley. Always suspect because of his mixed-race status, Joe is in deep trouble with the tribespeople when his promises of riches fail to materialize. As he organizes to emigrate with his family to Australia, he is a saddened man with an uncertain future.

"...a documentary of extraordinary historical resonance... so rich that watching it feels like taking an inspired crash course in economics and cultural anthropology." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Perhaps the best documentary of all at Sundance was the Australian Black Harvest. With the scale and richness of classical tragedy, Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson's movie records the clash between tribalism and capitalism, the ancient and the modern, and the downfall of a man caught between two cultures. ..The audience is witness to a spectacle few fiction writers could rival." Newsweek
"...a brilliant and utterly convincing film. As a demonstration of how a documentary should be made it will repay study a hundred years from now. I find it difficult to praise this film too highly." — Evan Williams, The Australian

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Grand Prix, Cinema du Reel, Paris
Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Awards
Basil Wright Prize - Best Documentary, Royal Anthropological Institute
Best in Category, San Francisco FF Golden Gate Awards
Best Documentary, Sydney Film Festival
Robert Flaherty Grand Prize, Yamagata Int. Documentary Festival
Best Documentary, Hawaian Film Festival
Best Documentary, Vancouver Film Festival
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Association of Film Critic
Best Documentary, Australian Film Critics Circle
Special Jury Award, Audience Award - Best Documentary, Amsterdam Documentary Festival
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 1993

other films in the The Highlands Trilogy
First Contact
Joe Leahy's Neighbors

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