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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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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

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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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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Great documentary... well worth seeing
9 May 2005 | by nadiakanoucheSee all my reviews

Well what can I say, this film has brought a worldwide perspective on issues effecting many people living in a multicultural society today. The music and imagery were great, you can tell that a lot of time and effort has been put into making this film work.

I went into the cinema expecting to see a movie that was about the slave trade and what had happened 500 years ago, what I didn't expect was to be educated... I thought I knew all I needed to know about what had happened all those years ago but this film re-taught with boldness how it not only effected history but how it still effects this generation, whether Black or White this is a must see.

The film was interesting, thought provoking and intelligent. It also gave a message of hope and a way of reaching that light at the end of the tunnel and a way of tackling the problems that so many face from past generational hurts. I hope this can be shown in school and universities all around the country. Well recommended..!


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