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What is their Story?

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  • Submitted: 05/12/2008
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International Baccalaureate History

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What Is Their Story?

"Whoever tells the best story wins." Steven Spielberg puts strong emphasis on this quote throughout his movie, Amistad, which tells of the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans that rebel to earn back their freedom. This film gives insight into an area of history that is rarely talked about and tells the story of the slaves' fierce rebellion that works its way through the American political system at the verge of a civil war. This heart-wrenching drama opens the viewers' eyes to the gruesome treatment of slaves and the great legal system of that time through amazing, yet sometimes upsetting visuals. Though the topic is largely overused, the movie manages to not fall into the cliché with the help of its talented cast and distinguished director.

This movie starts off in mid 1839 aboard La Amistad (ironically meaning friendship), a Spanish slave ship on route from Havana. One captive of the ship, who came to be known as Joseph Cinque, frees himself with a bolt and then continues to free the others who arm themselves and plan their revolt. This rebellion turns into a bloody scene that takes

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