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Directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Produced by Betelihem Zelealem
Written by Owen 'Alik Shahadah
Starring Kimani Nehusi
Molefi Kete Asante
Maulana Karenga
Wangari Maathai
Mohamed Ibn Chambas
Francis Cress Welsing
Amiri Baraka
Hakim Adi
Meles Zenawi
Jacob Zuma
Adama Samassekou
Haki R. Madhubuti
Music by Sona Maya Jobarteh
Distributed by Halaqah Media Distribution Co.
Release date(s) February 11, 2010
Running time 118 min.
Language English, Amharic, Zulu, Arabic, Akan, Hausa
Budget $2.5 million

Motherland (እናት ሀገር ʿenathager) is an 2010 independent documentary film directed and written by Owen 'Alik Shahadah. [1] Motherland is the sequel to the multiaward winning film 500 Years Later. 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. Motherland is being produced in the USA, UK, Ethiopia and South Africa.[2]



Motherland is an epic documentary about the African continent from Ancient Kemet 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.


Cast Note

The cast features key figures from the African political world.

5.1 surround

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.[5]


The director and producers decided to remove all interviews with Desmond Tutu after his negative remarks regarding Zimbabwe and the ANC split. [6] Tutu does appear in one film Our Story Our Voice by the same director.

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