The Inheritance (2020)

  • Currents
  • 1h 40m
  • USA
Last Chance to Rent Sep 23, 8:00 PM ET

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Pennsylvania-born filmmaker Ephraim Asili has been exploring different facets of the African diaspora—and his own place within it—for nearly a decade. His feature-length debut, The Inheritance, is a vibrant, engaging ensemble work that takes place almost entirely within the walls of a West Philadelphia house where a community of young people have come together to form a collective of Black artists and activists. Based partly on Asili’s own experiences in a Black liberationist group, the film interweaves a scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, which was the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985. Asili’s film is an endlessly generative work of politics, humor, and philosophy, referencing the legacies of the Black Arts Movement and featuring Black authors and radicals, members of MOVE, as well as poets Ursula Rucker and Sonia Sanchez.

Director

Ephraim Asili

Language

English

Bonus Content

1m
58th New York Film Festival Trailer

Preview 25 days of the best in world cinema.

6m
The Inheritance Intro

An introduction by Eugene Hernandez, Dennis Lim and director Ephraim Asili.

22m
The Inheritance Q&A

A conversation between Dennis Lim and director Ephraim Asili.

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