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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

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Not Rated
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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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Production Co:

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

Maulana Karenga: The other thing they try to do is make us responsible for our own enslavement. And here they collapse three kinds of people: perpetrators, collaborators and victims. You can't do that!"
Maulana Karenga: Not just burning some small, thatched roof houses but destroying towns, cities, villages, great works of art, great literature's and the people that made that art and literature! Songs we would never hear! Histories we would never know! Art we would never see! Because the European had the capacity to destroy and...
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References Sankofa (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Tear for the World
Performed by Ocacia
Written by Owen Alik Shahadah (as Owen Shahadah) & Nadia Kanouche
Courtesy of Souljazzfunk.com
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It was excellent
30 June 2005 | by bajanrashSee all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was great. It portrayed a passionate topic and had me close to tears. The movie discussed a topic that is not new to many but in a different light. Actually it shows both views, pros and cons, something that is unique and brings both perspectives to the table. I don't view a lot of documentaries but this movie is a must see. I am a fan of "The Last Samuri" and "Braveheart" which rate high on many people's list. I place this movie on that same level. I hope to see a lot more work from Mr. Shahadah; truly a great piece of work. As I said, it was a great movie and definitely a must see!!!


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