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'500 Years Later': One of the largest screenings
in film history

BY JAMES NASH

WASHINGTON -- This weekend marks the 10th
anniversary of the Million  
Man March on Washington and to celebrate
centenary, organizers have  
launched the Millions More Movement on the
National Mall in D.C. In  
addition to an A-list of national speakers, the
organizers of the  
march selected the film 500 Years Later as the
official motion  
picture of the Movement, making it one of the
largest screenings in  
film history as an estimated 400,000 - 1.2
million people were in  
attendance.

500 Years Later, a documentary directed by Owen
'Alik Shahadah and  
written/produced by M.K. Asante, Jr. The film,
which has won awards  
from the Pan African Film Festival in Los
Angeles, Bridgetown Film  
Festival in Barbados, and the International Black
Berlin Film  
Festival in Germany, explores the psychocultural
effects of slavery  
and colonialism on the African Diaspora. London's
CEN Magazine calls  
the film "a benchmark in filmmaking history,"
while the Atlanta  
Journal-Constitution raves, "Challenging,
sweeping, and blistering."

But where most films of this nature fall short;
providing insight and  
offering solutions -- 500 Years later gains
momentum. Scholars and  
international Black leaders like civil rights
activist Paul Robeson,  
Jr., Kwanzaa founder Dr. Maulana Karenga,
psychiatrist Dr. Frances  
Cress Welsing, Sankore Institute founder Shaykh
Muhammad Shareef, and  
Afrocentric pioneer Dr. Molefi Kete Asante all
offer critical  
solutions and steps for putting an end to the
monopoly of oppression  
that can be seen in many parts of the Black
world.

There has always been questions as to whether or
not these type of  
public rallies galvanize the public and have
lasting, visible effects  
on the community. The Millions More Movement was
put together by a  
broad coalition of national organizations
concerned about issues such  
as unity, economic development, reparations,
political power, health,  
education, prison industrial complexes, spiritual
values and cultural  
development of Blacks. Without a doubt, 500 Years
Later, a film  
ultimately about change, is not only the most
appropriate film on the  
subject, but probably the best.

For more information about the March visit
www.millionsmoremovement.org
For more information about the film visit
www.500yearslater.com
by Moshi Hausa Date Added: Monday 17 October, 2005
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