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Black Lives, Black Voices: THE INHERITANCE

February 11 - March 29

You can watch The Inheritance right here, right now

 

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)


A FORMALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY PLAYFUL MIX OF DOCUMENTARY AND SCRIPTED FOOTAGE THAT INTERROGATES DIFFERENT FORMS OF BLACK RESISTANCE, PAST AND PRESENT. — Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times 
 
A SUPERBLY INVENTIVE FILM. THE INHERITANCE IS A WORK OF THRILLING FORMAL AND POLITICAL ORIGINALITY. — Devika Girish, Reverse Shot
 
THE INHERITANCE IS ALIVE, DRUNK OFF THE COLORS AND TEXTURES OF WEST PHILADELPHIA. A JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF BLACKNESS. — Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
 
ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR. OBSERVED WITH WARMTH AND PLAYFUL HUMOR, WITHOUT EVER LOSING SIGHT OF SERIOUS POLITICAL PURPOSES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR POETRY THEREIN. — Kieron Corliss, Sight & Sound

FUNDED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE BLOOMINGTON URBAN ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION


 

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Start:
February 11
End:
March 29