The Clotilda Descendants Association is presenting the Spirit of our Ancestors Film Festival Jan. 30 through Feb. 1, 2022, from 4 pm to 6 pm, at the A.J. Cooper Municipal Complex (216 East Prichard Ave, Prichard, AL).

Seven films will be screened, free of charge, including:

Descendant (2022)

Afrikan by Way of American (2021)

Sweet Home Alabama: A Chief and his Protege (2021)

Surviving Clotilda (2021)

60 Minutes Finding the Last Slave Ship (2020)

Clotilda Last American Slave Ship (2019)

Africatown, U.S.A. (2018)


The films center around the story of the Clotilda, the last documented ship to force people from Africa into slavery in the United States. The ship was burned and sunk so that it wouldn’t be discovered, but in 2019, trusting the story that the elders in Africatown had repeated for decades, a search found it in the Mobile River Delta’s waters, where it rests to this day. 

Additionally, Descendant (2022) will be screened at various branches of the Mobile Public Library, free of charge, no tickets needed, Feb. 2 and 3, 2022. See locations here.

The play An Ocean in My Bones will be shown Feb. 4 and 5 at the Mobile County Training School. Tickets are free but you can RSVP here.

If you are not in Mobile, or can’t attend, watch the Descendant (2022) documentary on Netflix. It’s an excellent film that is now shortlisted for a 2023 Academy Award in the Documentary Feature Film category. 

Click here to learn more about Africatown and its historic graveyard.