Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

BLACK HARVEST

Year: 1991
Country: Australia
Run Time: 90 minutes

BLACK HARVEST

BLACK HARVEST is a story of colonial catastrophe and divided souls seemingly from the pen of Joseph Conrad but it's true. Joe Leahy's mother was a New Guinea native, his father among the first whites to explore the highland peoples. Though a scorned half-breed, Joe worked hard and became a successful western

style farmer, never forgetting his aboriginal roots. In 1985 he and the progressive Ganiga tribe optimistically united in a coffee-growing venture that should prosper with the 1991 harvest. But recession hits the coffee trade. Wages drop. Ganiga men abruptly flee the fields to join a tribal war. Joe finds himself in a multicultural meltdown, heartbreakingly detailed by documentarians Connolly and Anderson, sometimes at risk to their own lives. C.C. In English and English subtitled native dialect.

Cinematography
Bob Connolly

Editing
Ray Thomas, Bob Connolly, Robin Anderson

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