HomeMovie NewsMichelle and Barack Obama introduced the documentary ‘Descendant’ at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival

Michelle and Barack Obama introduced the documentary ‘Descendant’ at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival

In celebration of their documentary Descendant, former President and Obama surprised the audience at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival.

Their Higher Ground Productions picked up the film after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and has arranged for it to be released through Netflix later this year.

This Participant feature focuses on residents of Africatown, a small community in Alabama with a shared history of being descendants of the Clotilda, an illegal slave ship that brought Africans to the U.S. in the 1800s. The existence of the ship had been a centuries-old open secret but was recently confirmed by marine archeologists.

As Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson introduced the Obamas at Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Massachusetts, the Obamas took the stage. The film spoke to Michelle instantly, so she said, “We wanted to show our support of everyone involved by being here.”

As she explained, the movie serves as a reminder to share personal information and community history with younger generations. According to Michelle, Descendant reminds us that we have to tell our stories to the younger generation.

“We must be the ones who lead the way. There is no way we can follow that tradition of keeping our pain hidden. “Our stories are the power that makes us visible,” this film shows us.

Also, Barack spoke at the podium, thanking Netflix, the team behind the project, and festival founders and . According to the Promised Land author, stories are important, as are those who tell them, and the stories that are valid and those that are discounted.

One of the abilities of this festival and the work of the Rances is that they lift up stories that have been lost in the flow of time too often. Because we believe that everybody’s stories matter.” A critic for The Hollywood Reporter called Descendant “a riveting impressionistic documentary.”

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