Barack and michelle obama made a surprise appearance at a film festival this week – perhaps not too surprisingly though… it was at Martha’s Vineyard.
The former first couple took the stage Friday at the Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival – where they had a few words ahead of the screening of their Netflix documentary, ‘Descendant’. As you can see they were very warmly welcomed…the crowd seemed shocked that they showed up.
Eventually, they each delivered remarks…BO spoke about the power of storytelling — black stories, specifically — and praised festival organizers for enabling African Americans to do just that through their event.
He said, “[I]This is one of the strengths of this festival, and the work that the Rances have done is to bring back stories that are too often lost in time. Because we believe that everyone’s stories matter. Everyone has a sacred story that motivates us, moves us. It’s not just about nostalgia, it propels us into the present and the future.”
Michelle touched on this point, noting that the older generation should encourage their youngsters to actually talk to their grandparents and great-grandparents — and soak up their history while they still can. She also took a few playful trending snaps on IG and TikTok in the process.
The audience resented what she was saying…because they audibly agreed throughout. Pretty cool to see them here – even though they’re inconspicuous in MV a little. Of course they have a summer house there (a mansion actually), so they are no strangers to the area.
BTW, as to what their Document supported by Netflix is actually about… “Descendant” covers a small community in Alabama that has descendants from the Clotilda, one of the last slave ships to send Africans to the United States just when it was banned at national scale.
Although the story tries to conceal the fact that she even existed – the film captures the ancestors of these slaves who bring their story to life…and take control of the narrative.