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DESCENDANT

Margaret Brown / United States / 2022 / 108 min / International Premiere

The discovery of the wreck of the last slave ship to arrive on American shores in the 1800s becomes an opportunity for the descendants of the enslaved to take ownership of their own past.

Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown (‘The Order of Myths’, ‘The Great Invisible’) returns to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama to document the search for and historic discovery of The Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States, illegally carrying enslaved Africans. After a century of secrecy and speculation, the 2019 discovery of the ship turns attention toward the descendant community of Africatown and presents a moving portrait of a community actively grappling with and fighting to preserve their heritage while examining what justice looks like today.