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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 »


Owen Alik Shahadah (as Owen 'Alik Shahadah)


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


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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Release Date:

24 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

500 lat pózniej See more »

Filming Locations:

Accra, Ghana See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Halaqah Media See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bill Cosby's infamous "Pound Cake speech" appears in the film as audio set to images. See more »


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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Followed by Motherland (2010) See more »


Performed by London Sinfonietta (as The London Sinfonietta)
Composed by Tunde Jegede
Triciom Records
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Powerful! Should be required viewing for all black children—or any black person
2 July 2011 | by naimawanSee all my reviews

This is as powerful and engrossing a film as I have seen in a long time. Its brutal, unvarnished truth is etched into my psyche. It articulates, more clearly than I ever have, nearly every belief I hold about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, its unyielding legacy, and its continuing negative effect on black society. It is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I have only a couple of quibbles that prevent my ten-star rating.

First, I am offended by the inclusion of commentary from that hypocritical, self-hating windbag, Bill Cosby. Mr. Cosby continuously berates members of his own race for failing in ways that he has also failed, without attributing any blame to the curriculum of self-loathing in which black people have been indoctrinated for centuries.

Second, to routinely connect violence, drug addiction, and self-destructive behavior to the hip-hop community is just wrong-headed. Why are negative things in white culture (e.g., violence, drug use, severe tattooing and body piercing, obsession with goth and vampire cultures) overlooked—and often embraced—while hip-hop culture is held accountable for nearly all of the ills of black urban life?

This film mostly avoids the "victim" message, and reiterates the need for blacks to remember their history, good and bad. Jews perpetually educate their young about their history, and encourage them to never forget their own holocaust. Blacks also survived a holocaust, and we should never forget.

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