Ghosts of Amistad

GhostsOfAmistad-PosterOn May 6, 2015, Marcus Rediker presented Ghosts of Amistad, a documentary by Tony Buba, based on Rediker’s book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom . The film chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone that Rediker and a crew took to visit the villages of the men and women who seized the Cuban schooner Amistad in 1839.

They interviewed elders, fishermen, truck drivers, and villagers, doing detective work to find the ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading post from which the people of the Amistad departed.

Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh. He has written, co-written, or edited nine books, including: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea ; The Many-Headed Hydra The Slave Ship: A Human History Many Middle Passages ; and The Amistad Rebellion. He is currently writing about the life and times of the radical abolitionist dwarf, Benjamin Lay.