Synopsis Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a true story. The movie chronicles the incredible journey of a group of enslaved Africans who overtake their captor's ship and attempt to return to their beloved homeland. When the ship is seized, the captives are brought to the United States where they are charged with murder and await their fate in prison. An enthralling courtroom battle ensues that captures the attention of the entire nation. But for the men and woman on trial, it's simply a fight for the basic right of all mankind - Freedom.