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500 Years Later (2005)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 24 February 2005 (USA)
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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 »

Director:

Owen Alik Shahadah (as Owen 'Alik Shahadah)

Writer:

M.K. Asante (as M.K. Asante Jr.)
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Cast

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

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

500 lat pózniej See more »

Filming Locations:

Accra, Ghana See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Halaqah Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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California Newsreel who applauded the approach said "While we applaud your effort to present African and African American history in a new and more favorable light, we think that your innovative techniques and broad scope are too radical for our largely academic market." The film is now a standard in most American universities. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Followed by The Black Candle (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

How Dare I
Performed by Poppyseed
Written by Angela Harvey
Courtesy of Poppyseed
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500 YEARS LATER- A film of the century
3 May 2005 | by sales-278See all my reviews

500 YEARS LATER is one of those every 20 years films. Like the one history will remember. I can see a time when this film is the focal point of social-historical lectures in universities. I can see this film breaking the boundaries of film-making where film making becomes viewed as a historical vessel of the 21st century in the way ancient Egyptians left pyramids. There is often a discount entertainment value that is given to film but this film is clearly in the scholarly domain. It preserving the journey of Afrikan people in its narrative and style it is informing on the most compelling stats of our time. It is educational and poses the problems but also the solutions-realistic solutions. But the best part about this film for me personally is the way in which it doesn't portray or play in to the stereotype of the "Black victim" the sorry everything is against us victim. No, it is honest and puts responsibility back into the hands of our people. A must see for every Black person and essential viewing for anyone who claims to be sincere about the forward motion of humanity peacefully. Because it will give anyone who sees it a direct uncoloured look into the Global Black experience 500 YEARS LATER. excellent work!!!!!!!!!


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