historical map

Ghosts of Amistad Film

A Documentary Based on Rediker's The Amistad Rebellion

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.

Watch the trailer here. (YouTube)
Download a high-resolution poster (PDF) here. (6 MB)
Visit the film website here.

Ghosts of Amistad poster
historical map