Past Film/Video | Contemporary Screen | Documentaries

The Inheritance

(Ephraim Asili, 2020)

A man writes "Long live John Africa!" on a chalkboard.

One of the highlights of our virtual 2020 Unorthodocs festival, we’re thrilled to bring back The Inheritance for a screening on the big screen.

Beautifully shot in vibrant color, the film explores the formation, growth and tensions of a shared Black space for socialist thought and creativity. This form-busting, feature-length documentary debut from the adventurous filmmaker Ephraim Asili creatively weaves together the history of the MOVE liberation group, the Black Arts Movement, the political pop vibes of Jean-Luc Godard’s late 1960s films, and what the filmmaker calls a “speculative re-enactment” of his own formative experiences in a Philadelphia Black liberationist collective. The comedic vignettes of communal life are interspersed with archival footage, poetry readings from the likes of Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker, and musical interludes. This richly layered ensemble film is an inspiring work full of politics, humor, art, ancestors, and philosophy. Asili’s short films have been previously exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Beeler Gallery at CCAD. (100 mins., DCP)

A man writes "Long live John Africa!" on a chalkboard.

The Inheritance | Image courtesy of Grasshopper Films 

A man passionately reads from a book and raises his fist.

The Inheritance | Image courtesy of Grasshopper Films 

A woman peels an apple at a kitchen counter.

The Inheritance | Image courtesy of Grasshopper Films 

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ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
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The Inheritance