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103 days

87'

Australia, 1991

Production : Arundel Productions

Programmed by Jean-Marie Barbe

Papuan

French, English, Italian


History



Synopsis


“Black Harvest” is the third part of a trilogy about the Papuan Ganiga tribe in New Guinea. Joe Leahy, the owner of the coffee plantation where everyone works, is seen as “the ambassador of the modern world”… until the day the price of coffee crashes and so do wages. The old Ganiga system resurfaces, and tribal war breaks out.

Tënk's opinion


Robin Anderson is an anthropologist. Along with Bob Connolly, her life partner and co-filmmaker, she made three films over a decade, each covering the same territory. "Black Harvest" is the third work in this exceptional series, capturing an attempt to unite two worlds: Papuans on the one hand, with their values and rituals, and Joe on the other, the embodiment of globalisation, raised on the laws of business and market economy. We are left dumbfounded as we watch a project fall apart and war break out.

Jean-Marie Barbe
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas

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