Zoom Film Discussion: “Amistad” (Gather as if @ Grand)
2020 Gather as if @ Grand Virtual Film Discussion Series
Films within the Gather as if @ Grand 2020 program, Racism: Roots, Resolves, and Results, have been curated by Ms. Linda C. Pete, who will provide a study guide to all registrants in order to facilitate study, reflection, and conversation.
MOVIE #1: Amistad
155 minutes; Rated R; 1997; Stephen Spielberg
WHEN: October 14, 2020; 7–8:15 pm
WHERE: Virtual Film Discussion on Zoom (details will be sent to all registrants).
HOW: Ahead of the October 14 discussion event, plan on viewing the movie through your streaming service such as Amazon Prime or locate a DVD to borrow from a local library, etc. All registrants will be sent a study guide to facilitate your own reflection on the film and spark discussion.
DOWNLOAD: Film Study Guide—Amistad Study Guide
ABOUT: Amistad is a 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in 1839 aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors’ ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S. revenue cutter. The case was ultimately resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841. Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey had starring roles. David Franzoni’s screenplay was based on the 1987 book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy, by the historian Howard Jones.
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