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AMISTAD Director Steven Speilberg Screenwriter David Franzioni Amistad is a film that shows the beginning of slavery and how it all began To my surprise the African Americans started slavery themselves because they traded themselves for guns materials food and many other things Slaves were brought over on the ship La Amistad from Cuba and tried to free themselves from their owners The slaves killed all of the whites on their ship except for two They did not kill these two whites because they hoped that these whites would help them find their way home but in fact they were still bringing them to Spain to be used there However these two men led to them to the United States where there this whole story begins Two prominate men in New Haven one African American one white finds a young lawyer willing to help them for a low fare try to win the slaves freedom A difficult task to say the least the young lawyer Roger begins his job The task is most difficult because there are documents to say these men belong to Queen Isabella II of Spain and they are property of Spain because they originated in Havana Cuba Roger must prove this is a lie and prove they came from Africa Because according to the people in the United States they were sold to and are from Spanish territory meaning they were Spanish slaves How strange it is that they dont speak Spanish Throughout the story there is constant ambition from the lawyer and these two prominent men as they try to free these slaves who have been terribly abused by whites To me Roger is the one critical character to the movie Roger is an abolitionist who fights for the freedom of slaves He defines communication with the slaves finds out their true story and helps them to be freed from rule and gives them justice He uses his mind as
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