Harvest 3000 years (Mirt Sost Shi Amit) provides an epic and harsh picture of peasant life in contemporary rural Ethiopia. It is the description of the fight and resistance of a people against the abuse of large landowners, conveyed with the power of militant and avant-garde cinema.
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"Harvest: 3000 Years" is not just by far the greatest African film I have yet seen, but also another stellar masterpiece of world cinema that won't make it into the annals of film history since it was made in an underdeveloped third world country. It's our loss that we tend to ignore their artistic output, and a missed opportunity to get a better understanding of a whole culture which our "civilization" devastated.
This film's really badass. I'm glad I watched it. I'm not a big fan of such politicized messages, but I liked the narrative and the creative way it was filmed a lot . . . and when the message is about such exploited peoples it's hard to find fault with it.
"That sense of impossibility pervades every frame of Harvest 3000 Years. It has a particular kind of urgency which few pictures possess. This is the story of an entire people, and its collective longing for justice and good faith. An epic, not in scale but in emotional and political scope." —Martin Scorsese
No flies and no Europeans! This isn’t about either, nor class exploitation. Does our inability to articulate the kaboom of brilliant filmmaking have some origin in linking verbs? Oracular storytelling, evident in directors born of the Black diaspora, doesn’t need chain links, that necklace can be broken. As a new viewer, I struggled to string a ‘plot’ together. Ingenious stories implicate viewers even before birth.