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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 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.
“This experimental, quasi-documentary meta movie bends genres, time, and space to create a shape-shifting kaleidoscope…. It doubles as a joyous celebration of Blackness, and an invitation for all audiences to contemplate their own inheritance.” —Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire "One of the best movies of the year…. Observed with warmth and playful humor, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein." —Kieron Corliss, Sight & Sound “A totally refreshing burst of cinematic energy that inventively suggests the joys, dilemmas and stakes that come with a life that’s oppositional to deeply ingrained values all around us.” —Kevin Ritchie, NOW Toronto “This glorious carousel of Black cultural and radical iconography and ideology itself becomes part of this discourse, within the House of Ubuntu and beyond its walls.” —Mila Matveeva, Exclaim