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Crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectation, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment plagues people of African descent globally - Why? 500 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kolfi Adu ...
Himself - African Storyteller
Sona Jobarteh ...
Herself - Kora Player (as Maya Jobarteh)
Hunter Adams III ...
Himself - Neuroscientist
Hakim Adi ...
Himself - Historian (as Dr. Hakim Adi)
Toyin Agbetu ...
Himself - Ligali Media
Mukasa Afrika ...
Himself - Teacher at Lotus Academy
Ras Kumasi ...
Himself - Afruika Bantu School Teacher
Adisa Alkebulan ...
Himself - Lecturer (as Dr. Adisa Alkebulan)
Molefi Kete Asante ...
Himself - Professor Temple University (as Dr. Molefi Asante)
Afrar Afriyea ...
Himself - Afruika Bantu Saturday School
Himself - Writer (as M.K. Asante Jr.)
Sister Aya ...
Herself - Afruika Bantu Saturday School
Amiri Baraka ...
Himself - Poet and Activist (archive sound)
David Commissiong ...
Himself - Pan-African Affairs Barbados
Kevin Farmer ...
Himself - Barbadian Historian


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 Halaqah Media

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Until lions tell their story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.





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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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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 »


Dr. Kimani Nehusi: To take somebody away by force; away from their community; is one of the most savage acts you could think about doing. And we can't forget that
Dr. Kimani Nehusi: After the legal termination of physical enslavement, which many of us mistake for emancipation, Europeans continue to want to dominate and control Africa. By then, they had already put in place mental enslavement
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Followed by Motherland (2010) See more »


Menon Ba
Performed by Sona Jobarteh (as Maya Jobarteh)
Composed by Tunde Jegede and Wali Cham Jobarteh
Courtesy of ACM Productions
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No whimpering, but the roar of the lion
16 May 2005 | by (Barbados) – See all my reviews

500 years later is a film of hope. Yes I see in the beginning the same old pictures presented in a different way. They were presented to show where we came from, the interviews were in-depth and varied in both personalities and locations and I like that it spanned, the world impacted by slavery. Everyone's view helped to give the film body and not frivolous rhetoric. There was a lady from one of the African countries with her little daughter and what struck me foremost was the complexion, as we are often painted a picture of one type of African only. So that further expanded my mind and continued the process of removing the stereotypes of africaness that I have been presented with. But what touched me most was that at the end suggestions for change were made. You left the film feeling empowered and encouraged to do something that 500 years from now the story would be vastly different. It was also refreshing to Well done, a refreshing look at slavery and its impact. No whimpering, but boldness of the roar into the future.

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