On the ship the leader of the Africans, Cinque, frees himself from his chains and frees the rest of his tribe. The enslaved Africans are not represented as supplicants: Baldwin argues that the Africans had been captured in Africa to be sold in the Americas illegally.
This difficulty is shown to be felt most keenly by those who were former slaves, who are now dislocated from their own African heritage. They slaves are being taken from a Havana slave market to another destination in Cuba.
Baldwin proves through documents found hidden aboard La Amistad that the African people were initially cargo belonging to a Portuguese slave ship, the Tecora. Cinque was kidnapped by slave traders outside his village, and held in the slave fortress of Lombokowhere thousands of captives were held under heavy guard.
With major academics assisting with the project, including Henry Louis Gates, the film is well-filmed and well-researched. At the Supreme Court, he makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release, and is successful.
The slaves are freed once and again and choose to return to their homeland. Cinque tells his story at trial: Rather than turn the story of the Amistad into a celebration of the kindness and generosity of white abolitionists, Sengbe is shown to be the instigator and cause of the freedom which is eventually granted to the enslaved Africans.
One day, 50 captives were thrown overboard. These images are coupled with representations of the Middle Passage which are often considered to be the most powerful aspect of the film.
The Lomboko slave fortress is liberated by the Royal Marines under the command of Captain Fitzgerald. The Africans rise up and begin a mutiny against their captors on the high seas and are brought to trial in a New England court.
Together these men work to try to free the 53 slaves aboard the Amistad. Cinque and many others were then sold to the Tecora, where they were held in the brig of the ship. This difference of culture is also drawn attention to with the problems of communication between this group of Africans and American society.
The mutineers spare the lives of two Spanish navigators to help them sail the ship back to Africa. This was not such a simple issue since the slave trade had been banned by treaties at the time of the Amistad incident in Therefore, the Africans were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all.
The court must decide if the Africans are actually born as slaves or if they were illegally brought from Africa.
It draws heavily upon the W. Instead, the navigators misdirect the Africans and sail north to the east coast of the United States, where the ship is stopped by the American Navy, and the living Africans imprisoned as runaway slaves.
Plot[ edit ] La Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the United States in The suffering body on the slave ship serves as a graphic reminder of the pain inflicted onto others. However, Cinque discovers that his village has been destroyed and the rest of his family has already been sold into slavery.
Dreamworks The film follows the events which occurred after the revolt by enslaved Africans onboard the slave ship Amistad. In light of this evidence, the staff of President Van Buren has the judge presiding over the case replaced by Judge Coglin, who is younger and believed to be impressionable and easily influenced.
District Attorney William S. It is this expression of the corporeal which marks the film as innovative and which has won it so many accolades. After pressure from Senator John C. Gedney, and Richard W.Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" is centered on the legal status of Africans caught and brought to America on a Spanish slave ship.
The Africans rise up and begin a mutiny against their captors on the high seas and are brought to trial in a New England court. Dec 25, · Watch video · Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman. Inthe revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island.
The courts must decide whether /10(K). As usual, Stephen Spielberg turns out a quality movie that takes us into the heart of the cause of freedom. Excellent storyline that tells us of the Amistad rebellion of when African slaves killed the crew of their slave ship and ended up on trial in New England/5().
Amistad is a American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture Produced by: Debbie Allen, Steven Spielberg, Colin Wilson.
A review of the film 'Amistad', from ' Commemorated', a site looking at the commemoration of the bicentenary of the abolition of slavery,from the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute for the Public.
Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman on the set of the historical drama "Amistad" ().Founded: Sep 18,Download