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In a brightly colored West Philadelphia house, a group of Black artists and activists are forming a collective. While they share common goals for society at large, cohabitation is another matter, and The Inheritance peppers its politics with knowing, funny observations about cooperative living. Ephraim Asili’s formally adventurous and lively debut feature is deeply invested in building on the art and activism of his predecessors, weaving its narrative with a valuable documentary history of Philadelphia’s Black separatist MOVE organization, and freely incorporating jazz, literature, and poetry into its overall vision. A poster for La Chinoise (WFF 2018) earns pride of place on the house’s wall, and indeed, very few films have so successfully recaptured the freewheeling mix of radical politics, humor, and bold cinematic expression found in Godard’s run of masterworks in the 1960s. “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” (Sight & Sound). “Unquestionably one of this year’s great films. History, art, ideology, and love make up the four pillars of Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance, a thrillingly alive debut feature” (The Film Stage). (MK)

 

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Country
    USA
  • Director
    Ephraim Asili
  • Screenwriter
    Ephraim Asili
  • Producer
    Ephraim Asili, Victoria Brooks
  • Cast
    Nozipho Mclean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell, Julian Rozzell Jr., Aurielle Akerele, Michael A. Lake, Nyabel Lual, Aniya Picou, Ursula Rucker, Timothy Trumpet Jr., Sonia Sanchez