Barack, Michelle Obama Surprise Crowd to Introduce Doctor ‘Descendants’ at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Fest

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Former Presidents Barack Obama and Michelle Obama stun audiences during the opening night of the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival to celebrate their documentary descendants,

The pair visited Friday’s show to present the film, which their Higher Ground Productions picked up after it premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is set to release via Netflix later this year. Featuring director Margaret Brown, who comes from Participant Media, focuses on residents of Africatown, a small community in Alabama who have a shared history as descendants of Clotilda, who illegally brought detainees from Africa to the Americas. The last known slave ship for The ship had a centuries-old open secret that was confirmed by marine archaeologists in recent years.

after an introduction from descendants Executive producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, The Obamas, takes the stage at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Michelle told the crowd about the film, “It spoke to us right away, so we wanted to make sure we were here to show the support of everyone involved.”

He explained that the film is a reminder of the importance of sharing personal information and community history with the younger generation. “what descendants Reminds us, we have to tell our stories to our young people,” Michelle said. “We have to be that. We can’t follow that tradition of keeping our pain silent. Because what this film shows us is that our stories are the power that sees us.”

Barack also took a turn at the podium, where he thanked Netflix, the project’s team, and festival founders Floyd and Stephanie Reigns. promised Land The author emphasized “the importance of stories and who tells the stories and which stories are valid and which stories are exempt”. One of the strengths of this festival and one of the things that Rens has done is to lift stories that have often been lost in the flow of time. Because we believe that everyone’s stories matter.”

in his review descendants, Hollywood Reporter Critic Lovia Gierke praised it as “an influential Impressionist doctor”.

Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival runs August 5-13.