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The Inheritance

The Inheritance
Drama | 2021 | NR. 1hr 40min
CAST: Nozipho McClean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell, Julian Rozzell Jr. DIRECTOR: Ephraim Asili VIRTUAL SCREENING ROOM | CLOSES 5/16/21

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.

A joyous celebration of Blackness. THE INHERITANCE is alive, drunk off the colors and textures of West Philadelphia.
Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
A striking debut. Playfully didactic and joyous in its creation of a safe space to nurture, discuss, and celebrate Black culture.
Serena Scateni, Hyperallergic
Critic’s Pick! A Black collective becomes a site of robust intellectual exchange, inspired artistry, joy and humor. THE INHERITANCE feels like poetry visualized. A striking film.
Lovia Gyarkey, The New York Times
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