Ghosts of Amistad – Film Screening and Q&A with Marcus Rediker

A documentary on the legacies of the Amistad Rebellion and the slave trade in Sierra Leone

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

A Q&A with Marcus Rediker will follow the screening.

Marcus Rediker is a professor, historian, writer, and activist for a variety of peace and social justice causes. He graduated with a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976 and attended the University of Pennsylvania for graduate study, earning an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. He taught at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1994, lived in Moscow for a year (1984-5), and is currently Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History and chair of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh.  He has written several books on Atlantic social, labor, and maritime history.

This event is co-ponsored by the Committe on African Studies, the Center for International Studies, the International House Global Voices Program, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.

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