One of the “Descendant” interviewees commented that the film’s theme is “unprecedented in the history books,” and unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of such an important part of the story. American history is so buried. In recent years, everything from HBO’s “Watchmen” to Amir “Questlove” Thompson’s Oscar-winning documentary, “Summer of Soul,” has caught the eye with stories that are almost out of the question. Another of the “Descendant” interviewees said, “I don’t want the story’s momentum” to focus solely on the ship, and as the trailer continues we see the historic remains of Africatown present. surrounded by “heavy industry” and threatened by factory chemicals.
Here is the official synopsis of “Descendant” from the Netflix media website:
Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown (“The Order of Myths”, “The Great Invisible”) returns to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama to document the search and uncover the history of The Clotilda, the last ship last known to have come to the United States illegally to bring in enslaved Africans. After a century of secrecy and speculation, the 2019 discovery of the ship draws attention to Africatown’s descendants and presents a moving portrait of a community actively struggling and fighting for conservation. their legacy while testing justice today.
“Descendant” hits Netflix on October 21. It will also open in select US theaters on the same day.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1032521/descendant-trailer-a-netflix-documentary-about-the-community-formed-by-people-on-the-last-slave-ship-to-america/ Netflix documentary about the community formed by the people on the last slave train to America