Kongi's Harvest

  • Kongi's Harvest
Genre : Comedy
Type : Fiction
Original title : Sitä niittää mitä kylvää [Finland]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1970
Format : Feature
Running time : 85 (in minutes)

President Kongi, the dictator of an African developing nation, is trying to modernize his nation after deposing King Oba Danlola. The different tribes are resisting unification, so he tries to reach his goal by any means necessary, including forcing government officials to wear traditional African outfits and seeking advice from the man he deposed. He demands tribute from Danlola in the form of a yam, an important food in the culture. Danlola's former lover Segi brings the dictator the head of her father as sacrifice.

Director: Ossie Davis
Country: Nigeria / USA / Sweden
Year: 1970
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: English
Runtime: 85 min
Color: Color
Sound Mix: Mono

Kongi's Harvest opened the first Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, 1966; published 1967 (London: Oxford University, 90 pages)

Wole Soyinka is Nobel Prize in Literature (1986)

Directed by
Ossie Davis

Writing credits
Wole Soyinka (play)
Wole Soyinka (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)
Wole Soyinka... President Kongi
Rasidi Onikoyi... King Oba Danlola
Femi Johnson... Organizing Secretary
Nina Baden-Semper... Segi
Orlando Martins... Dr. Gbenga
Dapo Adelugba... Daodu

Original Music by
Chris McGregor

Cinematography by
Åke Dahlqvist

Film Editing by
Jerry Gränsman

Sound Department
Bo Abrahamsson.... sound technician

Francis Oladele

Plot Keywords: Independent Film | Based On Play | Dictator | Politics

Production Companies
Calpenny Nigeria

Tam Communications (1973) (USA)

Release dates
Sweden May 1970
USA February 1973


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