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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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The producers decided to remove the interview with Desmond Tutu after his negative remarks regarding Zimbabwe. The director felt his stance in Africa was not in line with the Pan-Africanism the film promotes. See more »

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Maulana Karenga: We didn't start being African because we got to America, and we can't stop because we are here. We will be African forever.
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Follows The Black Candle (2008) See more »

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Sail the Sahel
Written by Owen Alik Shahadah
Performed by Ocacia
Courtesy of SoulJazzFunk Records, a Division of Halaqah Films
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13 May 2010 | by (Trinidad and Tobago) – See all my reviews

Say it with my people in L.A. and we all agree Wow! they did it with 500 Years Later and now again? Wow and Wow. While 500 Years Later completely destroys the myth of history is in the past and that slavery was a long time ago. This film repositions the image of Africa in such a bold and progressive way. The same formula as 500 years Later. A bunch of educated Black folk from all areas (many academics verse artist and silly celebrities) speaking on the different areas of Africa.

I particularly like the final message of the film, which I will not disclose. But It is funny how when I watch films on Africa I always came away feeling sad. Now these films I don't know who made them. But when I watch Motherland it discusses things good and bad but yet I do not come away feeling sorry for Africa, why is that. Maybe because this film is made and produced by conscious African people. Who really identify with the continent or the African people culturally. And it shows, because when you watch this film, just like 500 Years Later, you realize only an African director would have made these directions in the questions asked to the way the history is projected.

Well done, what next? Ill do my part and tell everyone about this project.


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