500 Years Later – Review

October 21, 2006 by  

‘Until Lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’ – African Proverb

Winner of numerous film festival awards 500 Years Later is a poignant piece of work that takes the viewer on a journey through history to the present day realities of the African diaspora. Director Owen ‘Alik Shahadah and writer M.K. Asante Jr. have created a film that speaks with an African voice.

This film helps you to understand why things are the way they are. It features comment and reflections by people such as Paul Robeson Jr, Dr Francis Cress Wesling, Hakim Adi, Nelson George and many more who seek to challenge the received wisdom of the condition of people of African heritage across the globe.

Filmed across 5 continents, the film tackles subjects from Racism, Identity, Education, Reparations, whilst also presenting ideas for change and self determination.

The value in this work is that it provides many perspectives from many different types of Africans. The voices and people you see in this film are representatives from Africa, America, the Carribean and Europe. In each case it is clear that all have similar experiences and the global nature of the problems of people of the African diaspora are very clearly articulated. The film is available to buy on DVD from Check out the official website click on the banner below.

500 Years Later


One Response to “500 Years Later – Review”

  1. Mary Osume on November 8th, 2006 12:47 am

    Wow this film is amazing, Finally, It’s here on amazon in the U.S. I purchased mine from amazon uk, that’s how desperate I was to see this film. By now I saw it three times, the last time I watched it was with my two teens, I broke it up one hour per week, they were almost moved to tears, even my son! The film documents why we as brown people are in such horrendous conditions. If you ever wondered why the people in New Orleans during Katrina didn’t just leave, this film will bring you overstanding. Prepare your self, this film take you on a mental journey like nothing you have ever seen before. If you have any preconceived notions, that this will be the “same ol same” Masa slave story well, your wrong, and you will miss out a film that prehaps could change your life, or better yet your childrens lives. This film was made for the world NOT just brown people.

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