Motherland (2010 film)

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Motherland
Motherland-owenshahadah.jpg
Directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Produced by
  • Betelihem Zelealem
Written by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Starring
Music by
Distributed by Halaqah Media Distribution Co.
Release date(s)
  • February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
Language
Budget $2.5 million

Motherland (እናት ሀገር ʿenathager) is a 2010 independent documentary film directed and written by Owen 'Alik Shahadah.[1] Motherland is the sequel to the multi-award winning film 500 Years Later.

Synopsis[edit]

Motherland is an epic documentary about the African continent from Ancient Egypt to the present. It is an overview of African history and contemporary issues but with the African people at the centre of the story. It is one of the first Pan-African features to be made.

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Cast[edit]

The cast features key figures from the African political world.

5.1 surround[edit]

Motherland is one of the only African documentaries to be mixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround. A technology which is usually associated with Hollywood big production films. The producers claim to have innovated a new way of mixing music in 5.1 for film which they call split positioning.[6]

Tutu interview[edit]

The director and producers decided to remove all interviews with Desmond Tutu after his negative remarks regarding Zimbabwe and the African National Congress split.[7] Shahadah felt that Tutu did not represent the Pan-African ideology which the film embodies. Tutu does appear in one film Our Story Our Voice by the same director.

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