Ghosts of Amistad
Midnight weekend screenings happen on Friday & Saturday nights (meaning arrive on Friday and/or Saturday night by 11:45pm for seating, the movie starts after midnight)!
Director: Tony Buba Run Time: 96 min. Format: Online Virtual Ticket Release Year: 2014
In this documentary, Tony Buba chronicles the journey of author and Pitt Professor Marcus Rediker as he retraces the path of the brave Africans who rebelled against their captors and seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, leading to a watershed US Supreme Court decision that sparked Abolitionist action leading to the Civil War. Based on Rediker’s ground-breaking book The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, the film travels to present day Sierra Leone to visit the home villages of Sengbe Pieh (Joseph Cinqué) and the other captives who were held on the Amistad, interviewing elders about local memory of the case and searching for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover the lost history of the Amistad, told from a seldom-voiced perspective in the historical struggle against slavery.
Included with the film is a selection of shorts – old and new – from Tony Buba:
Shutdown (1975, 12 min.)
Re-Flex-ions n. pl. (2019, 3 min.)
Ode to a Steeltown (2007, 12 min.)
Mill Hunk Herald (1981, 13 min.)
After your ticket purchase, you have THREE day to enjoy.