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February 9, 2015

Film Screening: Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels

The documentary film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, directed by Tony Buba and produced by Professor Marcus Rediker, is based on Rediker’s book, The Amistad Rebellion: At Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012). Professor Rediker will introduce the film and take questions afterwards. This event is part of the University of Pittsburgh's Black History Month celebration. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search 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 a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

8:30 p.m.
Assembly Room, William Pitt Union
University of Pittsburgh