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United States · 2022
1h 49m
Director Margaret Brown
Genre Documentary

The descendants of the survivors of the Clotilda, the last known and illegal slave ship to the United States, search for justice and healing after the long-awaited discovery of the Clotilda’s remains.

Stream Descendant

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Slant Magazine by

With Descendant, filmmaker Margaret Brown finds poetry where most would see the opportunity for a polemic.


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.

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