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The Inheritance

March 12 - March 18, 2021

The Inheritance

(Dir. Ephraim Asili, 2020)







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From March 12-18, The Inheritance will be available to stream via Acropolis Cinema and Grasshopper Film. Acropolis will receive 50% of all revenue.

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 commonalties  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.

Playful, erudite, and boundary-blurring.

- James Lattimer, Cinema Scope

A timely and personal work that harnesses the cultural power of transformation.

- Andréa Picard, TIFF

With The Inheritance, Asili exuberantly and innovatively reminds us of the legacies of Black thinkers, activists, and artists.

- Esme Hogeveen, The Brooklyn Rail

A joyous celebration of Blackness. The Inheritance is alive, drunk off the colors and textures of West Philadelphia.

- Ryan Lattanzio, Indiewire

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.

- Kieron Corliss, Sight & Sound

(Available to download after screening date)

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