A film by Ephraim Asili
2020, 100 minutes
No. 295

Pennsylvania-born filmmaker Ephraim Asili has been exploring different facets of the African diaspora—and his own place within it—for nearly a decade. His feature-length debut, The Inheritance, is a vibrant, engaging ensemble work that takes place almost entirely within the walls of a West Philadelphia house where a community of young people have come together to form a collective of Black artists and activists. 

Based partly on Asili’s own experiences in a Black liberationist group, the film interweaves a scripted drama of characters attempting to work towards political consensus with a documentary recollection of the Philadelphia liberation group MOVE, which was the victim of a notorious police bombing in 1985.

Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, New York Film Festival

"A totally refreshing burst of cinematic energy." - Kevin Ritchie, NOW Magazine

"Too smart to trade in conventional activism and too wry and funky to feel overly academic." - James Lattimer, Cinema Scope

“One of the best movies of 2020. Asili’s excellent debut feature. Observed with warmth and playful humor, without ever losing sight of serious political purposes and the potential for poetry therein, nor of the bigger historical picture.” - Kieron Corliss, Sight & Sound