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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 ... Himself
Amiri Baraka Amiri Baraka ... Himself
Harry Belafonte ... Himself
Tony Browder Tony Browder ... Himself
Zweli Buthekzi Zweli Buthekzi ... Zulu Dancer
Amilcar Cabral Amilcar Cabral ... Himself (archive footage)
Ngcebo Cele Ngcebo Cele ... Zulu dancer
Sibongiseni Chamane Sibongiseni Chamane ... Enslaved African 2
Mohammad Ibn Chambas Mohammad Ibn Chambas ... Himself
Chen Chimutengwende Chen Chimutengwende ... Himself
Omowale Clay Omowale Clay ... Himself
David Commissiong David Commissiong ... Himself
James Early James Early ... Himself
Tsedenia Gebremarkos Tsedenia Gebremarkos ... Herself
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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Africa as you have never seen it





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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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Did You Know?


Barack Obama's first state visit to Africa features in this film. See more »


Barack Obama: The world will be what you make of it, you have the power to hold your leaders accountable and build institutions that serve the people.
Barack Obama: You can conquer disease and make change from the bottom up. You can do it, yes you can.
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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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Critical viewing , a MUST see | Avoid Spike reviews
13 May 2010 | by ocaciaSee all my reviews

Motherland is so powerful that it upsets the status Quo. So you get a lot of spike/revenge votes of 1/10. Anytime you do that you attract the haters who will deliberately do everything (like in slavery and apartheid) to destroy the work. So some have not seen the film, but they know what it represents and they vote 1/10. But this has done nothing to affect the film.

Motherland is a beautifully crafted, ambitious production that critically and unapologetically examines the beautiful complexity of African culture. Destined to become required viewing for students of African civilizations, history, politics, economics and religion, it is massive in scope. Be prepared to learn volumes.

ever there was a film that could be called the greatest social African documentary this would be it. As never have I seen one body of work which chronicles in a cohesive way the collective history of African people in the Diaspora in context and with dignity. Not only does Motherland document it lays pathways for solutions to the crisis, the film takes responsibility for not only being a mirror on a problem but more than that. This is why it is more than a film.

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