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Motherland is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent... See full summary »


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Motherland is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa's past through its complex history. Africa as you have never seen it. From multi-award winning director 'Alik Shahadah (500 Years Later.) Written by Anonymous

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Africa as you have never seen it





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Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

Mère Afrique  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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(Dolby 5.1)


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2.35 : 1
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The Director and the composer claim to have innovated a new kind of 5.1 mixing technical unique to Motherland called "split positioning". See more »


Dr. Kimani Nehusi: Africa is the richest continent, with the poorest people.
Dr. Kimani Nehusi: It has the longest history yet Africans are the ones who are most ignorant about their own history.
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Come Into The Sunshine
Written by Owen Alik Shahadah
Performed by Ocacia
Courtesy of SoulJazzFunk Records, a Division of Halaqah Films
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2 August 2012 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film several times. I am still fascinated by the content, the color and the score.

The Motherland is all about the African journey to the present day.Those who see it should leave with an understanding of the past, and hope for the future.

Even if you are not of African decent, it should be of interest to you to watch. What we do not realize is that the world world is connected in some way. Migration took place and is still taking place, movement of people from one continent to another is happening all the time. Therefore it is in the best interest of most people to understand history and African History.

I recommend this film is shown in schools, universities and all over the globe.

Patricia Harrington

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