Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally - Why? 500 years later from the onset of Slavery and subsequent Colonialism, Africans are still struggling for basic freedom-Why? Filmed in five continents, and over twenty countries, 500 Years Later engages the authentic retrospective voice, told from the African vantage-point of those whom history has sought to silence by examining the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland. 500 Years Later is a timeless compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation that chronicles the struggle of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right - freedom. Written by
One of the largest screenings in film history occurred when this movie was shown at the Million More Movement in Washington, D.C., on 15 October 2005. See more »
The other thing they try to do is make us responsible for our own enslavement. And here they collapse three kinds of people: perpetrators, collaborators and victims. You can't do that!"
Not just burning some small, thatched roof houses but destroying towns, cities, villages, great works of art, great literature's and the people that made that art and literature! Songs we would never hear! Histories we would never know! Art we would never see! Because the European had the capacity to destroy and...
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Only one of its kind. 500 YEARS LATER depicts the reality of not only the African Diaspora, but also anyone in search for his or her own ancestral seed, all of this is manifested in the authentic voices of speakers who have physically changed conditions of societies through speech. I learn something new every time I watch it. It's a "must have" for the seeker of truth. 500 YEARS LATER brings to light a forgotten history and a past very few people knew existed. The film compiles for us strands of empowering tools that have been buried for 500 YEARS, only now have those seeds been uprooted. We not only need to experience this film but we need to stand as active components in continuously seeking the most present truth to date. We need to plant the seed of our own achievements so that our children need not look to others for aspiration but within the family, us, we, the self, me. Family is our first society, town, country, continent, world.
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