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Films at the Schomburg: Ghosts of Amistad


Join Marcus Rediker, author of The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic  Odissey of Slavery and Freedom, for a screening of Ghosts of Amistad.


The film, based on Rediker's book, chronicles a journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the rebels who captured the slave schooner Amistad in 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the incident, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. The filmmakers rely on the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery, and to explore the African origins of the heroes of the Amistad incident. 

Presented by the Schomburg Center’s Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery

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For all free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.