Amistad is a historical drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It is based on the story of 1839 by the captured Mende slaves who took control of the ship La Amistad and the international legal battle that followed their capture by a U.S. revenue cutter. It became a case for the United States Supreme Court in 1841.
The schooner La Amistad is carrying Africans captured from Sierra Leone where they are sold as slaves in Cuba. One of the slaves, Sengbe Pieh, most known by his slave name "Cinqué", creates a demonstration in the ship. Most of the crew are killed. The Africans keep the ship's owners alive, believing they can navigate La Amistad back to West Africa. Six weeks later, the vessel is low on food and fresh water when they sight land. Unsure of where they are, a group take a boat to shore to get fresh water. La Amistad is found by a United States military vessel..