I thought Amistad was a great and very emotional movie. Steven Spielberg did a great job showing the plight of the Africans during that time period (or so we popularly believe). In the very beginning of the movie, the audience is given the impression that Africans are primitive savages, especially the riveting scene where Cinque kills the captain of the slave ship: (20 seconds into the clip)

They are shown to be wearing nothing but loincloths, screaming like primitive creatures shedding “white” blood: they are portrayed as uncivilized beasts. The impression I got throughout the movie is Continue reading