Freedom is not given. It is our right at birth. But there are some moments when it must be taken.
Based on the true story of America’s slave trade, the film shows the saga of an 1839 mutiny aboard the slave ship, Amistad. Much of the story revolves a courtroom drama as lawyers for the slaves seek their freedom and return home. The case is a watershed moment for America-Spain relations, and reveals the political machinations as it holds repercussions on the North-South conflict eventually leading to America’s Civil War.
MPAA: Rated R for some scenes of strong brutal violence and some related nudity
Principal Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, and Morgan Freeman
Director: Steven Spielberg
Put to the task of defending African slaves who lead a mutiny on board a slave ship, Tappan suggests that winning the case is not as important as giving the men their dignity.
John Quincy Adams argues before the court that it is neither natural nor ethical for men to remain in slavery – that the natural state of man is freedom.
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