With Descendant, filmmaker Margaret Brown finds poetry where most would see the opportunity for a polemic.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
San Francisco Chronicle by G. Allen Johnson
Descendant isn’t just necessary. It’s urgent.
The Associated Press by Jake Coyle
There is a searching, ruminative dialogue running throughout the film. Brown and editors Michael Bloch and Geoffrey Richman beautifully weave together disparate voices into a meditative chorus.
Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele
With Descendant, Brown wisely chooses to be respectfully, poetically alert instead of imposing, as her use of archival footage shot by Hurston suggests: She’s adding to a pioneering Black filmmaker’s anthropological empathy, updating the conversation, witnessing the witnessers.