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Film: Descendant

February 26, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


February 26, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Join the Harvard Art Museums for a screening of the film Descendant. Documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown (The Order of MythsThe Great Invisible) returns to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to document the search for and historic discovery in 2019 of The Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States illegally carrying enslaved Africans, in 1860. After a century of secrecy and speculation, the discovery of the ship turns attention toward the descendant community of Africatown. The film presents a moving portrait of a community actively grappling with and fighting to preserve their heritage while examining what justice looks like today.

About the film:
Descendant, 2022 (Participant; English; 109 min.)

Free admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The screening will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open at 1:30pm.

Support for this program is provided by the Richard L. Menschel Endowment Fund.

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