“A Beguiling Postmodern Collage of Black Activism and Art” – Indiewire
“Playful, erudite, and boundary-blurring.” – Cinema Scope
Starts March 12
Watch the BAMPFA discussion with director Ephraim Asili and UC Berkeley’s Rizvana Bradley, 3/17 at 7pm PST!
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 (and Shirley Chisholm’s ’72 presidential bid). Asili’s film is an endlessly generative work of art, politics, humor, and philosophy, referencing the legacies of the Black Arts Movement and featuring Black authors and radicals, members of MOVE, as well as poets Ursula Rucker and Sonia Sanchez.
A Film by Ephraim Asili. With Nozipho McClean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell & Julian Rozzell Jr. USA. 2020. 100 mins.
Rental Period: 72 hours.
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