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Fri, Mar 12


Virtual Cinema

The Inheritance

A beguiling postmodern collage of Black activism and art shot in vibrant color on 16mm. Ephraim Asili's debut explores the formation, growth, and tensions of a shared Black space for socialist thought and creativity using a political pop aesthetic that recalls Jean-Luc Godard in the late 1960's.

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The Inheritance
The Inheritance

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Mar 12, 2021, 12:00 AM – Apr 02, 2021, 11:59 PM

Virtual Cinema

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The inheritance (2020) Dir. Ephraim Asili. 


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 commonalities 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.

Read an interview with the director and film review by Shanta Lee Gander:

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