- The Inheritance
- Ephraim Asili
- March 19 (Friday) through April 1 (Thursday)
“One of the year’s best movies … [An] excellent debut … observed with warmth and playful humour, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein.”Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound
This much-anticipated follow-up to Ephraim Asili’s acclaimed suite of films about the African diaspora is an innovative and exuberant dispatch from a consciousness-raising Black collective in West Philadelphia. Shot on expressive 16mm and loosely based on the director’s own history in a Black Marxist group, Asili’s dazzling, playfully didactic feature debut centres on a Philly twentysomething who inherits his grandmother’s home and, encouraged by his girlfriend, transforms it into a communal space for Black thought and self-care. From this ingenious premise, a revolving door of real-life Black educators, MOVE liberationists, and poet-activists (including Ursula Rucker and Sonia Sanchez) appear, edifying the housemates and viewer alike. Freely mixing scripted (often humourous) scenarios, archival footage, fourth-wall breaks, literature readings, musical performances, and homages to ’60s Godard—La Chinoise in particular—Asili’s joyous and generous new film celebrates the legacies of Black radicalism in America while looking forward, with open-hearted optimism, to a new generation of enlightened Black agitators. The cosmic jazz of Sun Ra features on the stellar soundtrack.
Ephraim Asili’s cycle of five short films made between 2010 and 2017, known as “The Diaspora Suite,” also streams in our virtual cinema.
“A joyous celebration of Blackness … The Inheritance is alive, drunk off the colours and textures of West Philadelphia.”Ryan Lattanzio, IndieWire
“Playful, erudite, and boundary blurring.”James Lattimer, Cinema Scope