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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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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
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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
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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 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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The film features the poem "Somebody Blew-up America" by Amiri Baraka See more »

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Maulana Karenga: 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!"
Maulana Karenga: 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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Mercy Like Rain
Performed by Ocacia featuring Bosha Kamara
Written by Owen Alik Shahadah (as Owen Shahadah) and Bosha Kamara
Courtesy of Souljazzfunk.com
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500 Years Later, Excellent Informative Educational
11 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone should experience 500 Years Later. This film is not only educational, but eye-opening and hopeful. 500 Years later is an informative journey through Pan-African history ending with a fresh outlook to combat an ongoing struggle.

The film begins by celebrating the richly diverse, thriving continent of Africa and demystifies the perception of pre-colonial life. Simultaneously revealing and condemning the horrific nature of enslavement, 500 years later wastes no time in confronting the relevant social issues confronting the African Diaspora. Intertwining both formally educated scholars and public opinions, people fresh with youth, and the wisdom of the elders, there are a variety of opinions and suggestions on how to uplift our global community. 500 years later places the emphasis on a worldwide responsibility and provides an honest portrayal of a historical viewpoint underrepresented, until now.

Unlike other documentaries, 500 Years Later kept my attention with not only the content, but also the beautiful cinematography shot around the world and the relevant artwork from both contemporary and historical sources. The soundtrack also evokes emotion and enhances the impact of the film as a whole.

The rich content on every level is almost overwhelming and for that reason, I suggest you see it more than once, or you may miss something. Watching this emotional journey should be a requirement for everyone in the world. I recommend that you see this film!


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