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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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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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Did You Know?


Motherland is one of the first African Documentaries to be made in full 5.1 Surround Sound. See more »


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 »


Written by Owen Alik Shahadah
Performed by Ocacia
Courtesy of SoulJazzFunk Records, a Division of Halaqah Films
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Living breathing Pan-Africanism on screen | Excellent!
13 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews


This film is the most flawless example of Pan-Africanism. When an Ethiopian first sees this film he is attracted to it because they see their prime Minister and their culture. After watching the film they know more about their culture and the broader culture of Africa and the Pan-African struggle.

When a person from South Africa watches this film they are learning about Ethiopia and Kenya, and Rwanda. And they all see their inter- connections beyond nationalities and ethnic groups. It is only a film that could do this. Not only imparting information but building a social place where people gather to see this film, and further interacting and understanding the challenges that face their lives as Africans.

The plethora of voices from African-Americans, Ghanians, Malians enriches the story of Africa in the most beautiful way. Someone is strong on politics, and another is strong of culture, these various and differing people however harmonize in one Pan-African song to sing through the negative media image of Africa and speak in dignity reaffirming terms about their own story.

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