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The Granada Theatre Presents
MOVIES THAT MATTER with Hal Conklin
In collaboration with the Cliff Drive Care Center
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.
(1997) 155 minutes – R
CLIFF DRIVE CARE CENTER – The Cliff Drive Care Center (CDCC) has been caring for the Santa Barbara Community since 1963 through pre-school, after school, & summer camp programs, a Counseling Center, and programs for senior adults. The CDCC reaches into the community in caring and practical ways to serve people of all ages, backgrounds, and financial cacacity. As a non-profit organization motivated by God’s love and concern for the poor, our mission is to: 1) Provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to children and their families through licensed, professionally staffed childhood education programs, 2) Provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to older adults through nutritious luncheons, activities, social events and personal attention, and 3) Provide professional Christian counseling to hurting individuals and families through therapeutic interventions and education by state-licensed marriage and family therapists on a sliding fee scale. For further information: http://cliffdrivecarecenter.org
Join former Santa Barbara mayor and film critic Hal Conklin for a selection of great stories that touch the soul and draw out the best in humanity. These stories teach about forgiveness, loving others, and loving ourselves, and provide a renewed enthusiasm for living life with compassion and grace. Drawn from the syndicated film series “Cinema In Focus,” these presentations will blend together great film with audience conversations and Q&A.