Movies That Matter: Amistad

  • The Granada Theatre 1214 State Street Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 United States

“Movies That Matter"
A special film series comprising movies that touch
the soul and teach about living life with compassion and grace.

Inspired by the syndicated film column “Cinema In Focus,” each of the “Movies that Matter” screenings offer the unique experience of engaging conversation with special guests along with an audience Q&A discussion in The Granada Theatre’s stunning setting.

In April, tickets bought from the church will benefit our very own coomunity non-profit, Cliff Drive Care Center.

Tickets will be on sale for $15 on the deck or in the church office. Your ticket includes the movie screening as well as a private interview with the screenwriter starting at 6pm. 


Based on a true incident in 1839, Amistad presents a remarkable dialogue regarding the issue of slavery in the pre-Civil War United States. The fuse which ignited this dialogue was the revolt of the slaves imprisoned in the Spanish slave ship La Amistad. Shackled with 53 other illegally captured Africans while sailing from a Cuban slave market to a plantation on the other side of the island, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou) freed himself and his fellow prisoners and then killed all but two of the crew. When they tried to force the two remaining crew members to take them back to Africa, they were tricked and taken up the eastern coast of the United States instead. When finally they arrived in Connecticut, they were taken into custody by the United States government and charged with murder. The “Amistad Africans” became a political symbol for the inherent struggle between the North and the South. With the hand of President Martin Van Buren (Nigel Hawthorne) forced by a Southern senator, he overturned the decision of the lower courts and appealed the case to the Supreme Court, on which seven of the nine justices were slave owners from the South.