Plot[ edit ] La Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the United States in It is carrying African slaves as its cargo.
Instead, they are taken to Connecticut, where they are brought to trial for murder. Local abolitionists take up their case and hire a young and inexperienced real estate lawyer to represent them. Their case is taken to every level of the American judiciary and finally to the U.
The genre is that of a courtroom drama or a social problem film. Though based on the true story of fifty-four Africans who were captured in Africa and brought to Cuba aboard the ship La Amistad, the movie contains some inaccurate or misleading information. Amistad does, however, present a notable event in the abolitionist movement in impressive pictures.
There are at least two scenes that contain graphic violence. At minutes running time, the film is too long for an uninterrupted screening in the classroom. Therefore, it has been divided into chapters as they appear on the display of the DVD player in the proposed lesson plan.
Some smaller chapters have been left out.
Most film chapters last about 10 minutes and are followed by student tasks. Where indicated, it is advisable to show the excerpts twice. Moreover, the movie offers a good opportunity to teach and discuss cinematic as well as rhetorical conventions in connection with the speech at the end of the film.
Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement Slavery has existed since ancient times. People were captured in wars and forced into slavery. In the transatlantic trade of the eighteenth century, 10 to 12 million Africans were transported to North and South America and the Caribbean.
In the so-called triangular trade at least 1.
The slave trade was dominated by the British. Insatiable consumer demand e.
Sugar became part of the British national diet and thus sustained the slave trade. The Quakers were the first to voice opposition to slavery. In, Britons, particularly women, boycotted slave-grown sugar.
Ina bill was passed by Parliament abolishing the trade with enslaved people within the British colonies, followed by the Slavery Abolition Act of The leading British abolitionist politician of this era was William Wilberforce — In the United States, journalists, novel writers and preachers led the way to abolitionism—such as William Lloyd Garrison — Harriet Beacher Stowe —and John Brown — There were fewer slaves in the North, where they mostly worked as servants.
Bythe anti-slavery movement, which was started by the Quakers inhad succeeded in the North. New York abolished slavery in New Jersey was the last of the northern states to abolish slavery in The importation of slaves into the United States was officially banned in In the South, the abolitionist movement supported the Underground Railroad, a clandestine organization that helped Blacks escape to the North.
In the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln declared that all slaves in areas currently in rebellion would be permanently free. Slavery was forbidden in the Thirteenth Amendment of Circuit Court which referred it to the lower District Court as a civil case.
The question was whether the Africans were born on Cuban plantations and thus were slaves under Spanish law or had been captured in Africa, which meant that they had been unlawfully acquired.
District attorney William Holabird plays a very unpleasant and cynical role as prosecutor. The decision is upheld by the Circuit Court of Appeals. Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and has the ultimate legal authority in interpreting the U. The President of the United States appoints the justices as vacancies occur, but the appointments must be confirmed by the Senate.
The court consists of nine justices one Chief Justice, eight Associate Justiceswho may decide cases by majority.
Their decisions can only be overturned by another Supreme Court decision. He hopes to demonstrate that American courts are truly independent from outside influence and strongly suggests that slavery must be eliminated, even if that means drawing the country closer to civil war.
The justices rule in favor of the Africans in an eight-to-one decision.May 21, · Parents need to know that Amistad is a Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg movie about West Africans on a slave ship who revolt against their captors but still must fight for their freedom in the courtrooms of America.
The opening scene, showing the slave revolt on board the Amistad, is very violent, with blood and death 4/4. Reaction Paper: Amistad Movie Steven Spielberg in his movie Amistad, based to a certain extant on the facts underlying an actual mutiny by slaves, creates a complex narrative that illustrates the best and the worst of the human species.
HBO and Dreamworks’ socially and morally charged movie, Amistad is produced by Debbie Allen, Steven Spielberg and Colin Wilson, directed by Steven Spielberg and was written by David Franzoni. It stars Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djunon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Stellan Skarsgard, Harry Blackmun and .
The Spielberg film tells the story of a group of slaves who, at the beginning of the film, overwhelm their Spanish captors on the ship Amistad and try in vain to return to Africa. Instead, they are taken to Connecticut, where they are brought to trial for murder.
Analysis: Your opinion of Amistad will likely be determined by how much Spielberg you can stomach, as this historical drama ranks among his most maudlin and self-indulgent turns.
It’s almost as. Steven Spielberg by Hubert Martinez Overview Released in , Amistad was a film directed by Steven Spielberg that brought the mutiny of the Amistad, and the legal battle that ensued after, to life.
The script was written by David Franzoni and the film stars many well-known actors such as Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Djimon.