St. John's Professors Featured at New York African Film Festival
On Saturday evening, May 16, St. John’s University history professors Konrad Tuchscherer and Philip Misevich took center stage at the New York African Film Festival to answer audience questions from a packed house after the screening of the documentary film, Ghosts of Amistad. Tuchscherer and Misevich served as co-producers for the film. The event was held at historic Maysles Cinema in Harlem.
Ghosts of Amistad explores the 1839 revolt of a small group of enslaved Africans from Sierra Leone who rose up and seized the slave ship La Amistad. The film chronicles a journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to visit the home villages of the rebels, to interview elders about local memory of the incident, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began. University of Pittsburgh’s Marcus Rediker produced the film which was inspired by his book, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Penguin, 2012). Highly regarded Pittsburgh filmmaker, Tony Buba, directed the film.
For more information on the film, see ghostsofamistad.com. The film is available from the Filmakers Library, an imprint of Alexander Street Press, at academicvideostore.com.