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Motherland (2010)

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Motherland is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent... See full summary »


Owen Alik Shahadah
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Credited cast:
Molefi Kete Asante Molefi Kete Asante ... Self
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Self
Harry Belafonte ... Self
Tony Browder Tony Browder ... Self
Zweli Buthekzi Zweli Buthekzi ... Zulu Dancer
Amilcar Cabral Amilcar Cabral ... Self (archive footage)
Ngcebo Cele Ngcebo Cele ... Zulu dancer
Sibongiseni Chamane Sibongiseni Chamane ... Enslaved African 2
Mohammad Ibn Chambas Mohammad Ibn Chambas ... Self
Chen Chimutengwende Chen Chimutengwende ... Self
Omowale Clay Omowale Clay ... Self
David Commissiong David Commissiong ... Self
James Early James Early ... Self
Tsedenia Gebremarkos Tsedenia Gebremarkos ... Self
Kohain Nathanya Halevi Kohain Nathanya Halevi ... (as Rabbi Kohain Nathanya Halevi)


Motherland is the most powerful documentary on Africa. Fusing history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues, Motherland sweeps across Africa to tell a new story of a dynamic continent. From the glory and majesty of Africa's past through its complex history. Africa as you have never seen it. From multi-award winning director 'Alik Shahadah (500 Years Later.) Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

africa | poverty | imf | hiv | race film | See All (10) »


Africa as you have never seen it




Did You Know?


The producers decided to remove the interview with Desmond Tutu after his negative remarks regarding Zimbabwe. The director felt his stance in Africa was not in line with the Pan-Africanism the film promotes. See more »


Dr. Kimani Nehusi: Africa is the richest continent, with the poorest people.
Dr. Kimani Nehusi: It has the longest history yet Africans are the ones who are most ignorant about their own history.
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Follows 500 Years Later (2005) See more »


Sail the Sahel
Written by Owen Alik Shahadah
Performed by Ocacia
Courtesy of SoulJazzFunk Records, a Division of Halaqah Films
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2 August 2012 | by parrisjune51See all my reviews

I have seen this film several times. I am still fascinated by the content, the color and the score.

The Motherland is all about the African journey to the present day.Those who see it should leave with an understanding of the past, and hope for the future.

Even if you are not of African decent, it should be of interest to you to watch. What we do not realize is that the world world is connected in some way. Migration took place and is still taking place, movement of people from one continent to another is happening all the time. Therefore it is in the best interest of most people to understand history and African History.

I recommend this film is shown in schools, universities and all over the globe.

Patricia Harrington

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English | Amharic | Zulu | Akan | Arabic | Swahili | Hausa

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Mère Afrique See more »

Filming Locations:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Halaqah Media See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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