Netflix Acquires the Rights for Doc Descendant from Sundance 2022

Descendant

Emmett Lewis appears in documentary Descendant.

Netflix acquired the worldwide rights to the documentary Descendant along with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground for presentation.

Recently, the film received the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Creative Vision at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Here is the official synopsis:

Descendant follows members of Africatown, a small community in Alabama, as they share their personal stories and community history as descendants of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to illegally transport human beings as cargo from Africa to America. The ship’s existence, a centuries-old open secret, is confirmed by a team of marine archeologists. The film explores the implications of Clotilda’s discovery for the descendants, who grapple with their heritage while claiming the power to shape their own destinies.

Margaret Brown (The Order of Myths Be Here to Love Me: Townes Van Zandt) directed the documentary.

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“I have been humbled and honored to spend four years with the residents of Africatown as they seek justice and reconciliation for what happened in 1860, and what is still happening today, said Brown in a statement. “I am excited that through Netflix and Higher Ground’s global reach, audiences around the world will learn this powerful history.”

Netflix plans in presenting the documentary Descendant later this year.

Source: Netflix

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