500 Years Later (፭፻ ዓመታት በኋላ 500 ʿamätatə bähwala) is the title of an independent documentary film directed by Owen 'Alik Shahadah, written by M. K. Asante, Jr. and 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. It was shown nationally in South Africa on December, 14, 2014, on SABC 2. 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.