'Black Harvest' Presented By Mikhail Lylov and Elke Marhofer
September 6 - November 24, 2013
Museum of Fine Arts Houston,
Glassell School of Art
Opening reception September 6, 6-8 pm
Black Harvest is a film by visual anthropologists Robin Anderson and Bob Conolly made in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The film charts the business collaboration between an entrepreneur, the son of the first Australian colonial explorers and a Ganiga woman, who wants to start a coffee plantation. He provides the money and the knowhow; the Ganiga supply the land and labor. After 5 years of waiting for the first harvest, world coffee prices collapse while warfare between villages erupts in the valley. The businessman is in deep trouble with the Ganiga when his promises of riches fail to materialize.