DFT @ Home | The Inheritance

(USA/2020—directed by Ephraim Asili)

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 extraordinary 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 — is interwoven with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, the target of a notorious and deadly police bombing in 1985.

Boldly finding commonalities between politics, humor, philosophy, and poetry, with Black authors and radicals at its edges, The Inheritance – influenced stylistically, politically, and visually by the pioneering New Wave films of Jean-Luc Godard – is a remarkable, boundary-stretching film about the world as we know it. Official selection, New York, Toronto, and Berlin Film Festivals. (100 minutes)

“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

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

“A striking debut. Playfully didactic and joyous in its creation of a safe space to nurture, discuss, and celebrate Black culture.”  —Serena Scateni, Hyperallergic



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