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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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True story from the 19th century about an English actress who marries a US plantation owner. Appalled by slavery, she dedicates her life to oppose it and her husband and help her husband's slaves in any way possible, including escaping.

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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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Trivia

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

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Soundtracks

Legacy
Performed by Wali Cham Jobarteh & Tunde Jegede
Composed by Wali Cham Jobarteh
Courtesy of ACM Productions
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User Reviews

 
Every Black person should see this film.
31 March 2006 | by popebenedict78See all my reviews

This DVD should be shown in all African schools as well.

It is the best educational material I have seen. I am also proud it was 100% funded and made by Africans. I had been looking and looking everywhere for something like this.

Every Black person should see this film. Please watch it again and again.

I would have liked to see more of the Islamic and Arab slavery. I wish it could have been promoted a bit more.

It needs to be more widely available.

Great DVD.

Peace and African Unity.


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