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Owen Alik Shahadah

 

Owen 'Alik Shahadah is a master of the Documentary format. A new generation of progressive Pan-African Scholars standing on the shoulders of Malcolm X, Kwame Ture and Franz Fanon.

Alik Shahadah is a multi-award winning recipient including the rare UNESCO award for film.

He defines his mission as "demolishing the race-based privileges, which are byproducts of mental and physical slavery, bring about a new world of consciousness and diverse human contribution" He is focused on economic empowerment and sees cultural ownership and agency as central to the mission of his generation. His business approach is rooted in efficiency and resource management; "in defining success, we must define failure. In defining a destination means defining a route, in defining a product means defining a process." He is best known for authoring works, which deal with African history, social justice, economic issues, education and world peace. He states that: Knowledge, is limited by the information received; diminished, or enhanced by the conditioning of the mind, which processes the information. And therefore belives the African mind must be conditioned by new paradigms, but always within an ethical framework of truth and justice.

He produces work that articulates a multidimensional African world perspective. He is the principle writer of arabslavetrade.com, a leading website on the Arab slave trade in Africa. He advocates the commuting of linguistic terms such as "Black people", "Black African", "Sub-Saharan Africa" due to their nature of creating a disservice and detracting African people from their historical value and geo-political reality.


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Born in Germany, of African-Caribbean heritage, Shahadah has lived in the USA, UK, Caribbean and various parts of Africa.

He claims this gave him a unique cultural outlook on the global African condition, and an empathy and appreciation of nuance. Shahadah has a diverse background in evolutionary biology, Islamic philosophy, music, film, African history and culture, business, and social activism. He is of a new generation of African Diaspora filmmakers who see media image and control as weapons of a new progressive generation. Shahadah studied Aeronautical Engineering (BEng) in London . He spent his teenage years growing up in Brooklyn New York. His former father-in-law was socialist St Lucian politician George Odlum.

Politically Shahadah adheres to a meritocracy egalitarian philosophy of harmonious coexistence through intellectual debate. He believes humanity is best served by respecting cultural diversity and opposes imperialism and neo-liberal globalisation, which seeks to reduce a multi-cultural world to a Western oriented monoculture. 'Alik Shahadah is a progressive Muslim in the vein of Malcolm X and the West African Islamic traditions of intellectualism which gave rise to the great Malian empire.

Shahadah believes that Africans must develop an authentic African aesthetic and bring this into film culture. He also stresses that all art in the traditional African senses is socially functional. As a filmmaker he is noted for emphasizing music to film synchronization.


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A simple person looks at a problem and tells you only what is within the vicinity of their immediate senses and base emotions. A person of deep consciousness reads between the lines, sees the subtext, understands deeper motives, appreciates nuance, predicts five steps ahead, and offers a sagacious assessment beyond the boundaries of their senses Holocaust
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He stresses that African film, like African music (both of the continent and the Diaspora), has a rhythm which is the fundamental inner harmony that sets up a unique African sensibility. His documentaries never use narration and are driven my music, strong visuals set to music and rich color. Unique to documentary films, Shahadah uses heavy dramatic film scores, typical of epic movies. He says his films are a four part harmony of information produced by images, music, text and dialog. For the Motherland (film) Sona Jobarteh and Alik Shahadah claims he created a new way of mixing music in Dolby 5.1 called split positioning.


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2 cents of understanding cannot give a million dollar conclusion

 

 

 


 

 

We must not become so comfortable in someone else's house that we forget to build our own

 


 

 

Ugly is when ignorance is worn with pride

 

 

 


 

 

You cannot measure an African success with a European measuring stick

 

 


 

 

If we do not stop oppression when it is a seed, it will be very hard to stop when it is a tree

 

 


 

 

"Human Rights" is the new sheep skin of the Western Wolf

 

 

 


 

 

A man on fire should not be worried about his attire

 

 

 

 

 


 

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