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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.

 “One of the best movies of the year. An excellent debut. Observed with warmth and playful humor, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein.” — Kieron Corliss, Sight & Sound

“With The Inheritance, Asili exuberantly and innovatively reminds us of the legacies of Black thinkers, activists, and artists.” — Esme Hogeveen, Brooklyn Rail

“Literally colorful, unexpectedly funny.” — Filmmaker Magazine

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 min
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    TIFF 2020, Berlinale 2021
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Ephraim Asili
  • Screenwriter
    Ephraim Asili
  • Producer
    Ephraim Asili, Victoria Brooks
  • Executive Producer
    Ephraim Asili
  • Cast
    Nozipho McClean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell, Julian Rozzell Jr.
  • Cinematographer
    Ephraim Asili, Ryan Jenkins
  • Editor
    Ephraim Asili
  • Production Design
    Ephraim Asili
  • Sound Design
    Stephen McLaughlin