500 Years Later
|500 Years Later|
|Directed by||Owen 'Alik Shahadah|
|Produced by||Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Ako Oseyaba Mitchell
M. K. Asante, Jr.
|Written by||M. K. Asante, Jr.|
Molefi Kete Asante
Paul Robeson, Jr.
Francis Cress Welsing
M. K. Asante, Jr.
|Music by||Tunde Jegede
|Halaqah Media Films
|Distributed by||Codeblack Entertainment|
|Release date(s)||October 11, 2005|
|Running time||108 min.|
500 Years Later (፭፻ ዓመታት በኋላ 500 ʿamätatə bägwala) is the title of an independent documentary film directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah, written by M. K. Asante, Jr. released in 2005. It won five international film festival awards (including UNESCO 'Breaking the Chains Award') in the category of Best Documentary. 500 Years Later has received praise as well as controversy, both for the genre of the film (creative documentary), and the social-political impact of the film as it relates to race study. The film opened on February 28, 2005, at the Pan-African Awards (PAFF) and won Best Documentary at its premiere. The film made its American television premiere on August 23, 2008 on TV One (Radio One), and Ethiopian Television premiere on October 27, 2007. In 2010, the sequel Motherland was released.
The film visits five continents, and over twenty countries while charting the legacy of slavery and identifies a direct, or indirect link to crime, drugs, HIV/AIDS, poor education, inferiority complex, low expectations, poverty, corruption, poor health, and underdevelopment to African people globally.
The cast features key figures from the African American academic world.
- Maulana Karenga
- Francis Cress Welsing
- Paul Robeson, Jr.
- Andrew Muhammad
- Kimani Nehusi
- Hakim Adi
- M. K. Asante, Jr.
- Molefi Kete Asante
- Muhammed Shareef
- Esther Stanford
- Nelson George
- Bill Cosby (voice only)
- Amiri Baraka
Awards and nominations
- 2007 Winner, UNESCO/Zanzibar International Film Festival, "Breaking the Chains" award
- 2007 Nominated, FESPACO, Paul Robeson award "Best of the Diaspora"
- 2005 Winner, Pan-African Film Festival, Best Documentary PAFF
- 2005 Winner, Bridgetown Film Festival, Best Documentary
- 2005 Winner, Berlin Black Film Festival, Best Film
- 2005 Winner, Harlem International Film Festival, Best International Documentary
UNESCO Award and reception
500 Years Later was the first film to win a UNESCO award for documenting slavery. And was part of UNESCO slave route project started in 1994: "The prize awarded $10,000 to a film that breaks the silence and speaks to the social, historical, economic and psychological impact of the slave trade; a film that raises public awareness of slavery’s historical and contemporary manifestations; a film that gives voice to the dispossessed, reflects their perspectives and articulates their resistance to this dehumanization." UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project in 1994.
- List of films featuring slavery
- List of American films of 2005
- African-American Civil Rights Movement (1896–1954)
- African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68)
- Timeline of the African-American Civil Rights Movement
- African holocaust