Barack and Michelle Obama made a surprise appearance at a film festival this week — perhaps unsurprisingly, but … it was in Martha’s Vineyard.
The former First Couple took the stage Friday at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival — where they said a few words before a screening of their Netflix doc, “Descendant.” As you can see, they were very well received … the crowd they showed up to was very surprised.
Finally, everyone had their say… BO spoke about the power of telling stories — specifically black stories — and praised the festival organizers for allowing African Americans to do so through their event .
He said, “[I]It is one of the strengths of this festival, and the work the Rances have done is to raise stories that are too often lost over time. Because we believe that everyone’s stories matter. Everyone has a sacred story that inspires us, that moves us. It’s not just a matter of nostalgia, it gives us power in the present and in the future.”
Michelle hammered that point home noting that the older generation should be encouraging their youth to talk to their grandparents — and embrace their history while they still can. She also took some fun shots on IG and TikTok trends in the process.
The audience felt what she was saying … as they were clearly in agreement throughout. It’s great to see them here — albeit low-key in MV many. Of course they are to have a summer house there (the mansion actually), so they are no strangers to the area.
BTW, as to what Doc supported by Netflix really about … “Descendants” covers a small Alabama community that has descendants from the Clotilda, one of the last slave ships that sent Africans to the States just as it was being banned nationally.
Despite history trying to cover up the fact that it even existed — the film is showing the ancestors of those slaves bringing their history back to life … and taking control of the story.