500 Years Later

  • 500 Years Later
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2005

Until Lions tells their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter- African proverb

Crime, poor education, poverty, self-hatred, prison system, broken homes plague people of African descent globally - Why?

Filmed in over twenty countries and on five continents, 500 Years Later is a compelling journey, infused with the spirit and music of liberation, that chronicles the struggle of a people from enslavement who continue to fight for the most essential human right - freedom.

500 Years Later, is an epic multi-award winning documentary directed by Owen'Alik Shahadah.

Selected Reviews

Sweeping... Challenging... Blistering...

500 Years Later retells history from an African point of view.

500 Years Later is more than a film.

A benchmark in filmmaking history!

Partial Cast
(in alphabetical order)

Molefi Kete Asante.... Himself
Maulana Karenga.... Himself
Trevor Marshall.... Himself
Dr. Kimani Nehusi.... Himself
Paul Robeson Jr..... Himself
Dr. Francis Cress Welsing.... Herself

Partial Crew
Directed by Owen'Alik Shahadah
Written by M.K. Asante, Jr.

Produced by
M.K. Asante Jr..... executive producer
Maya Freelon.... associate producer
Zanita Huq.... executive producer
Ako.O. Mitchell.... producer
Owen'Alik Shahadah.... executive producer

Original Music by Tunde Jegede

Cinematography by Owen'Alik Shahadah

Artwork by
Maya Freelon.... painting/digital
Theodore A. Harris.... collage
Alvin Kofi.... painting
Andrew Sinclair.... animation

External Articles/Reviews/Resources

"UEL Education lecturer star in Million More Film " - Kimani Nehusi UEL of London

"Slavery - 500 Years Later" - CEN Magazine

"500 Years Later and the legacy of enslavement" - Socialist Worker

"Deconstructing 500 Years: An interview" with Owen'Alik Shahadah" - BLINK

"A Poetic Film: M.K. Asante, Jr merges poetry and filmmaking" - Def Poetry Jam

"More Than a Film" - Nommo Newsmagazine

"A Reel Surprise" - DB Magazine

"Community Demands Films" - Ligali Review


Breaking the Chains Award - UNESCO
Best Documentary - Pan African Film Festival
Best Documentary - Bridgetown Film Festival
Best Film - Berlin Black Int'l Film Festival
Best Documentary - Harlem Int'l Film Festival


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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