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CRITIC’S PICK! The Inheritance beautifully abandons genre to consider questions about community, art and Black liberation. – New York Times (3/12/2021)
The Inheritance is part of Black Lives, Black Voices, a micro-festival of current films by Black filmmakers exploring issues of racial justice and Black identity. Other films in the series include Our Right to Gaze, Test Pattern, and The Lady Who Swings the Band.
After nearly a decade exploring different facets of the African diaspora — and his own place within it — Ephraim Asili makes his feature-length debut with The Inheritance, an astonishing ensemble work set almost entirely within a West Philadelphia house where a community of young, Black artists and activists form a collective. A scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus — based partly on Asili’s own experiences in a Black liberationist group — weaves with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985. Ceaselessly finding commonalties between politics, humor, and philosophy, with Black authors and radicals at its edges, The Inheritance is a remarkable film about the world as we know it. (100 min)
FUNDED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE BLOOMINGTON URBAN ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION