Steven Spielberg’s film was released on 25th December, 1997. Amistad is about the 1839 African slave mutiny aboard the Spanish ship, La Amistad.
The film traces the events of the ensuing New England court case concerning the legal status of the fifty-three Africans who were captured by the United States Navy soon after the mutiny. The film happens during an exceptionally complex scene in history from a multicultural and racial point of view, and additionally from a remote relations viewpoint. The U.S. had canceled its transatlantic slave exchange in 1808. England and Spain had additionally marked an arrangement in 1817 nullifying the slave exchange.
This bargain was to produce results for Spain and its settlements in 1820. Be that as it may, the unlawful transatlantic slave exchange proceeded among the Spanish settlements, including Cuba, well after this date by merchants utilizing false documentation. During this time, the British Royal Navy watched the Atlantic, and particularly the “slave coast” of West Africa. Be that as it may, when the Amistad slave mutiny occurred, the ship was cruising in the Caribbean, from Havana to Puerto Príncipe, in Cuba. Also, when the ship, under the control of the African mutineers, was caught, it was off the bank of New York, and was taken by the U.S.
Navy. All through the New England trial to decide the legitimate responsibility for slaves, the U.S. government carried on an extended discretionary question with Spain and this spat proceeded until 1860. A free black man living in Saratoga, New York, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) was living and enjoying a comfortable upper-class lifestyle with his wife and children. When two men claim that they are performers persuade Solomon to go with them to Washington on a lucrative business trip, he agrees to go, but just to quickly finding himself being the victim of a scandalous scam.
Kidnapped and sold into slavery, Solomon is transported to a sugar cane plantation in the South where he is subjected to substantial work and merciless working conditions. While he figures out how to utilize his talent in engineering and music to pick up support with Master Ford (Benedict Cumberbatch), Solomon is soon exchanged to the cotton fields of the famously brutal Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender). Witnessing another level of barbarity and torment to the slaves under Epps’ control, particularly the fragile Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), Solomon decides never to enable sadness to defeat him as he persistently sits tight for his shot at freedom.I normally don’t watch slavery movies because they are so graphic. This movie is very hard to watch. All these movies depict all things that we don’t have to go through. In the movie, Northup was obviously an extraordinary man that was living his perfect life until he was taking away from his whole life. In this movie this is a vivid depiction of all the things that our ancestors had to go through with being lynched, lashed, being whipped and, chained against their free will.
These slaves were no longer human beings they seen them as their property not a living breathing person anymore. The people in this movie were treated like animals. We see in the movie some of the spiritual price of narcissism, the destruction of self-esteem and loving relationships. Epps, the slave owner sexually assaulted his female slave also known as Patsy. His knowing wife became jealous and enraged, ridiculing him mercilessly. She picks Patsy and treats her differently than she does the other slaves.
She is telling him that he needs to get rid of her and she beats on her because knows that Patsy is getting her husband’s attention that she wants. Patsey’s treatment was one of the worst things to watch in this movie. When Epps loses his mind looking for her on the Sabbath day(Sunday), which is her day off, after Patsey has gone to Mistress Shaw to get the soap that Mistress Epps will not grant her, Patsey is tied to the whipping post and beaten by Epps “Strike the life from her,” Mistress Epps insists and Patsey’s back is deeply ripped by the whip which gives Edwin Epps pleasure. This shows you how the slave masters treat their property. More animal than a human.
Patsy just wanted to bathe they would even grant her that option. Seeing how women were treated during that time makes me really appreciate that I would never have to go through that and that my ancestors went through things like that so I can live the free life that I live today.The main message of Amistad rotates around racism and prejudices. The film shows that individuals are not allowed freedom but they are born with freedom. In the film, when the slaves were brought to court individuals like Queen Isabella and Senor Ruiz and Montez need to make their pick on the slaves as though they were property. Obviously, the slaves were not property, they were people simply like Queen Isabella, Senor Ruiz and Montez. The film viably expresses the message that racism has a huge effect on blacks.
There were numerous scenes where race was bought up. One statement that was said in regards to how racism was in the Supreme Court trial scenes. John Quincy Adams(played by Anthony Hopkins) said “He is a black man, you can see that, but if he were white, we would not be here today.” In this statement, Adams recognizes and tells the court this is entirely a race based circumstance and it ought not be on account of the main reason the trial is occurring is a direct result of the slaves’ skin color.
This quote is also said by Adams, “The natural state of mankind is instead- and I know this is a controversial idea- is freedom. Is freedom. And the proof is the length to which a man, woman, or child will go to regain it once taken.
He will break loose his chains. He will decimate his enemies. He will try and try and try, against all odds, against all prejudices, to get home.” This quote is a piece of the movie since what the watcher discovers is that these slaves truly were free blacks and their opportunity was taken from them automatically.
Also, now, Cinque has broken free of his chains he was in on La Amistad, rebelled against the boats’ group, and battles against people that were bias against black people.If anybody has been paying attention to social media lately, slavery is still happening. In “12 Years a Slave” Solomon Northup was taking from his home. One of the slavery victims says “He was cutting the hair of one of his customers, he advised me to go to Europe where he promised me I would earn a lot of money.” The young man is considering going but he doesn’t have enough money.
The man convinced him to go because he said that he would help him. He says “Upon arriving to Libya, the driver said he had not been paid his money and we were sold into the slave trade in Sabha.” He says there was more than 200 slaves inside of the cell that they were placed in.
The things he says he sees in here brings me back to both movies with cruel behavior against black people. The young man says that they would send the ladies off for prostitution before selling them. He said he knows a girl that has been sold three times. This reminds me of the conditions that Patsy went through in “12 Years a Slave” Racism will never end and being bias against someone else because of their skin color will never end because people are so cold hearted . People know all of these things are wrong but still continue to do all of these things.
Even though we have done away with slavery other things still exist today. The stereotypes never go away.