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By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ancestors aid search for African slave ship; violence.

Movie PG 2022 109 minutes
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For older kids and teens, this insightful documentary shares the spirited allegiance of one African American community's activism to preserve its historic cultural heritage. "Many Black people don't know who they are," notes Mabel Dennison, a Clotilda descendant in the film Descendant. "They don't know where they came from. They don't know who their ancestors were. And they would like to know." Finding the slave ship would be "vitally important," says Cleon Jones, a former New York Mets baseball player who's now an Africatown, Alabama community leader. "What the ship does is give the rest of the world the evidence that it took place." And adds Clotilda descendant Vernetta Henson, "In my inner soul, I'm searching for my ancestry, and if I could put my finger on any part of it, I would feel more complete."

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