‘Descendant’ Streaming Rights Acquired By Barack Obama & Netflix

Netflix has acquired worldwide streaming rights to Sundance documentary ‘Descendant’. It tells the story of the last ship known to bring slaves to America. Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Netflix based collaboration -Higher Ground set to release the film.

Higher Ground and Netflix

The production house known as Higher Ground is an American company founded in 2018. Founded by former United States President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, the production company has already signed a multi-year deal with Netflix to produce various format films. Recently, Higher Ground won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Likewise, ‘Descendant’ is the 10th film or project that Netflix have collaborated on including ‘American Factory’ with Higher Ground. The film, dedicated to the late Diane Weyermann, Chief Content Officer at Participant. The company will be incorporating ‘Descendant’ into its ongoing impact work dedicated to advancing both social and racial justice.

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Descendant, a participant feature directed by Margaret Brown that also screened in the U.S. Documentary Competition section. It has members of African town, a small community in Alabama. Also, they share their personal stories and community history as descendants of the Clotilda. Famously known as the last slave ship to illegally transport human beings as cargo from Africa to America. The ship’s existence, a centuries-old open secret, confirmed by a team of marine archaeologists.

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The film Descendant already won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for creative vision on Friday. ‘Descendant’, a Night Tide production, in association with Two One Five Entertainment and directed by Margaret Brown. Also, the film premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.


Mashfak Qureshi is an entertainment journalist, who brings facts and knowledge in the simplest form and believes in questioning.

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