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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.


Produced, shot, written, edited and directed by Asili, this is a timely and personal work that harnesses the cultural power of transformation. 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.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Ephraim Asili
  • Screenwriter
    Ephraim Asili
  • Cast
    Nozipho McClean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell, Julian Rozzell Jr.
  • Cinematographer
    Ephraim Asili, Ryan Jenkin
  • Editor
    Ephraim Asili