500 Years Later: Directors Cut
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SLAVERY- 500 Years Later The film is a compelling compilation of testimonies, voices and opinions gathered around five continents The centrepiece of the event is the screening of a newly released DVD on the African slavery trade, the shameful human trade officially abolished in 1772 in the UK and its empire. Winner already of the best documentary prize at the Pan-African film festival and Bridgetown film festival and with testimonies ranging among others, from Dr M. Karenga, Amira Baraka, Desmond Tutu, Dr Helena Woodward, Shaykh Muhammad Shareef and Trevor Marshall. The film, is a compelling compilation of testimonies, voices and opinions gathered around five continents and more than 20 countries on the subject. 'We went to universities as well as into the neighbourhoods to talk to the common folk, says Asante Jr, the talented scriptwriter and poet, who was a first year media graduate at the time when he started working on the project. --cenuk
About the Director
Owen Alik Shahadah is most know for directing the documentary 500 Years Later," an influential film, that explores the psycho cultural effects of slavery and colonialism in the African Diaspora. The film won 4 international awards including; Best Documentary at the Pan African (Los Angeles) and Bridgetown (Barbados) Film Festivals; Best Film at the International Black Cinema (Berlin) Film Festival; and Best International Documentary at the Harlem (New York) International Film Festival. In October of 2005, 500 Years Later was screened at the Millions More Movement. Philadelphia Weekly wrote, "When participants gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the Millions More Movement rally last month, they also became one of the largest film audiences in history." Owen 'Alik Shahadah is also a social-historical writer who writes on the subjects such as African Kingdoms, humanity, linguistics and the Arab, African and European slave systems.
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Highly recommended, well-researched documentary that is a must see.
Peace brothers & sisters!
For such a disdainful commentary, I fail to see you offering an alternative. SHAME ON YOU MR. PEYTON!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Though you are obviously entitled to your own opinion, you might want to remember that if you are merely criticizing others attempts to bring to light the history that created the problem and are not offering a solution to the problem, then you are simply part of the problem, if for no other reason than you continue to perpetuate the problem! SHAME ON YOU!!!
This was a beautifully, thought provokingly, well organized documentary. Being a 47 y/o white female, I was left both embarrassed and remorseful for the actions of what I can only assume were the actions of some of my ancestors, but certainly by those of whites that came before me. I AM SOOOOOOOO SORRY FOR WHAT WE DID, & CONTINUE IN SOME CASES TO DO TO YOU!!! NOT JUST AS A RACE, BUT AS INDIVIDUALS!!! IT WAS WRONG!!! If I could change what was done I would. But I can't. Neither can any of the rest of you. But that doesn't mean you just turn around and walk away. We ALL (regardless of your race) have a responsibility to get up every day and do what we can to foster and improve not only race relations between each other, but most importantly, to teach and SHOW the young African Americans (or whatever country you're in)coming up that they are beautiful inside and out, and capable of everything and anything that their white "counterparts" are, that they are WORTHY of the best life has to offer, that they have such a beautiful and rich African history to lavish themselves in & to pull from (outside/aside from the torturous portions), but that it is of paramount importance to learn and embrace the worst of their history, as painful and mind-boggling as it may be, for it is the only way to ensure that it won't be repeated! But most important of all, we MUST create a way, an environment, for these children to be taught all of this. And in a day where money is so tight, funding so difficult to be found, the simplest most basic way to begin is simply by loving your neighbor. By treating them the way that you know you would want to be treated. By quietly practicing random acts of kindness with out the expectation of receiving so much as a pat on the back for compensation, but just doing it because it's the right thing to do.
It would at least be a start...