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The voyage of La Amistad : a quest for freedom

Author: H D MotylWarneke J SmithAlfre WoodardCharles DurningBrock PetersAll authors
Publisher: [United States] : MPI Home Video, [2005]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : [Full screen ed.]View all editions and formats
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This documentary tells the story of the revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, in which Africans abducted from Sierra Leone in violation of international law took over the ship on which they were held, only to end up in the American court system. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, with various abolitionists and former president John Quincy Adams leading the way. Based on court documents and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: DVDs
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: H D Motyl; Warneke J Smith; Alfre Woodard; Charles Durning; Brock Peters; F Michael Higginbotham; Clifton H Johnson; Cheryl Johnson-Odim; MPI Teleproductions.; MPI Home Video (Firm)
ISBN: 0788606336 9780788606335
OCLC Number: 57206276
Notes: Originally released as a documentary film in 1998.
Credits: Editor, John Lux ; camera, Chris Bayard, Joe Bogdan, Desmond Horsfeld, Robert Valette.
Performer(s): Narrated by Alfre Woodard, with Charles Durning and Brock Peters ; interviewees, Michael Higginbotham, Clifton H. Johnson, Cheryl Johnson-Odim.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 70 min.) : sd., col. & b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital; Fullscreen.
Responsibility: [MPI Teleproductions] ; written by Warneke J. Smith ; produced and directed by H.D. Motyl.

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This documentary tells the story of the revolt aboard the slave ship La Amistad, in which Africans abducted from Sierra Leone in violation of international law took over the ship on which they were held, only to end up in the American court system. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, with various abolitionists and former president John Quincy Adams leading the way. Based on court documents and transcripts, letters written by the Africans and their lawyers, newspaper articles, and testimony from present-day scholars.

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