Ghosts of Amistad is a documentary film created by Tony Buba and Marcus Rediker based on Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin, 2012). 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.

The event begins at 4:30 pm with a reception in the lobby of the Friend Center.
The film screening begins at 5:00 pm in Bowl 004.


Author Dr. Marcus Rediker will discuss the film and his book with the audience after the screening. Dr. Rediker is currently the Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has, over the years, been active in a variety of social justice and peace movements, most recently in the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty. He has written, co-written, or edited nine books: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1987); Who Built America? (1989), volume one; The Many-Headed Hydra (2000, with Peter Linebaugh); Villains of All Nations (2004); The Slave Ship (2007);Many Middle Passages (2007); The Amistad Rebellion (2012); Mutiny and Maritime Radicalism in the Age of Revolution (2013); and Outlaws of the Atlantic (2014).

This event is free and open to the public.

February 4, 2016 4:30 PM
Friend Center Bowl 004