Barack and Michelle Obama Surprise Audience During Opening Night of Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival to Support Their Netflix Documentary “Descendant”

Barack Obama speaks during the event for Netflix’s ‘Descendant’ at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Aug. 5, 2022. (ARTURO HOLMES/GETTY IMAGES)

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama surprised the audience during the opening night of the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival to celebrate their documentary Descendant.

The couple visited the Friday event to introduce the film that their Higher Ground Productions picked up after its premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and is set to release through Netflix later this year. Director Margaret Brown’s feature, which hails from Participant, centers on residents of Africatown, a small community in Alabama, who have a shared history as descendants of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to illegally bring captives from Africa to the U.S. The existence of the ship had been a centuries-old open secret that was confirmed by marine archeologists in recent years.

After an introduction from Descendant executive producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Obamas took the stage at Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Michelle told the crowd about the film, “It spoke to us immediately, so we wanted to make sure we were here to show our support of everyone involved.”

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gajewski