“Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels,” directed by Tony Buba and produced by Marcus Rediker, is based on Rediker’s book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin 2012). The film 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 through the oral tradition, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where the 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 restore the popular memory of the Atlantic slave trade. For more information, including a video archive of out-takes, visit the film’s website: https://www.ghostsofamistad.com/

2 thoughts on “Now streaming: Ghosts of Amistad, by Tony Buba and Marcus Rediker

  1. I was very intrigued with the Cape Cod history Meadow is uncovering when I heard an interview with her on WOMR. Since we moved to the Cape from Africa 20 yrs ago, I’ve been very surprised by the many connections between the Cape and West Africa. I can’t wait to learn more!

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