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The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest for Freedom
The Voyage of La Amistad A Quest for Freedom
Actors: Charles Durning, Brock Peters, Alfre Woodard
Director: H.D. Motyl
Genres: Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 10min

On the morning of June 28, 1839, the schooner La Amistad set sail from Havana, Cuba, with a cargo that included 53 Africans who had been abducted from Sierra Leone and sold into slavery in violation of international law. U...  more »


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Actors: Charles Durning, Brock Peters, Alfre Woodard
Director: H.D. Motyl
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/25/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An enlightening view on a little-known episode of American h
Florentissimo | Palaiseau, France | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Voyage of La Amistad is a highly valuable companion piece to whomever wants to understand the gripping issues and stakes of slavery in 19th century America. What I did appreciate is the clear presentation of the case, the pedagogical approach and the rich pictures and documents that are dealt with in the video. Also, it is a precious document in so far as it makes up for the flaws and inaccuracies that can be found in the Spielberg Movie on Amistad. So, from a classroom point of view and for someone interested in teaching genuine,unadulterated history, the video is certainly to be considered as a useful and purposeful tool."
Straightforward,Factual and informational documentary-style
KerrLines | Baltimore,MD | 03/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In June 1839,53 Africans were sold by their own people and transported to Havana ,Cuba.There they were sold as Spanish property illegally.A revolt occurs on the schooner,La Amistad and the slaves make their way to the Long Island Coast.There begins a trist of International politics and abolitionists all jockeying for position as these helpless Africans,confused and despairing,hang in the balance.Strictly a narrrated documentary in an interview/voiceover/still photo/reinactment style,THE Alfre Woodard narrated THE VOYAGE OF LA AMISTAD allows the viewer to gain a little extra knowledge and insight into the Amistad trial.Frankly,though, the Spielberg film AMISTAD does a far more compelling and simply more exciting rendering of the same events.Where the Spielberg film may have condensed some characters and events for time and viewing interest,THE VOYAGE OF LA AMISTAD is a very faithful,straight forward retelling of the facts-names,dates etc.This documentary works beautifully as a companion to the film AMISTAD and seems best suited for teaching purposes.I also recommend the film THE MIDDLE PASSAGE which is very haunting and lyrical in contrast to this documentary.All three films mentioned plus A RESPECTABLE TRADE make for a great collector's library as well as the current theatrical release AMAZING GRACE about the abolition of the Slave Trade from England."