Harvest: 3,000 Years

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Mirt Sost Shi Amit (Harvest: 3,000 Years)
Directed by Haile Gerima
Starring See below
Music by Tesfaye Lemma
Cinematography Elliot Davis
Edited by Phillip Kuretsky
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Country Ethiopia
Language Amharic, English

Mirt Sost Shi Amit (Harvest: 3,000 Years) is a 1976 Ethiopian film directed by Haile Gerima.


For the production of Mirt Sost Shi Amit (Harvest: 3,000 Years)[1] Gerima returned to his native Ethiopia to produce the tale of a poor peasant family who eke out an existence within a brutal, exploitative, and feudal system of labor.


Harvest: 3,000 Years was shot on black and white 16mm film. It used non-actors, and was shot in the midst of a civil war after the overthrow of Haile Selassie.[2]

Haile Gerima has said[3]

The first film I made in Ethiopia, Harvest: 3000 Years, shows you the actual footprints of my youth, of where I grew up with my father and the rest of my family

— John L. Jackson Jr, Decolonizing the Filmic Mind: An Interview with Haile Gerima, CALLALOO: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters (2010)


  • Kasu Asfaw ... Mother
  • Gebru Kasa
  • Worke Kasa ... Daughter
  • Melaku Makonen ... Father
  • Adane Melaku ... Son
  • Harege-Weyn Tafere ... Grandmother


  1. ^ Asrat, H., Abesha.com, "H. Asrat’s review of Harvest:3,000 Years on Abesha.Com", March 4, 2009
  2. ^ "Harvest 3000 Years | Tribeca Film Festival". Tribeca. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Decolonizing the Filmic Mind: An Interview with Haile Gerima". repository.upenn.edu. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

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