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Ephraim Asili

The Inheritance

Ephraim Asili
November 16–20, 2020
Theater

Special physically-distanced screenings are available for Rensselaer classes of the EMPAC-commissioned film The Inheritance by Ephraim Asili during the week of 16-20 November. 

In addition to these in-person class-specific screenings, all Rensselaer students, faculty and staff can request to watch The Inheritance online and we will provide a link.

Ephraim Asili’s The Inheritance weaves histories of the West Philadelphia–based MOVE Organization, the Black Arts Movement, and dramatizations of the life of the filmmaker when he was a member of a Black activist collective. Centering on what Asili describes as a “speculative reenactment” of his time in a West Philadelphia collective, the actors scripted lives on set are entwined with cameos by MOVE's Debbie Africa, Mike Africa Sr., and Mike Africa Jr., and poet-activists Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker.

After the EMPAC preview of The Inheritance on April 9, 2020 was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols, it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and had its US premiere at the New York film festival US premiere on Friday 19 September. 

 

Touring / Presentations
TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA ..... TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ..... SEPTEMBER 10–19, 2020
NEW YORK CITY, NY ..... NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL, CURRENTS HEADLINER ..... FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Main Image: Ephraim Asili, Production still from The Inheritance. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

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Dates + Tickets

Film/Video
Commission
The Inheritance
Ephraim Asili
Monday 16
November 2020
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Friday 20
November 2020

Screenings of The Inheritance are open to RPI-community only at this time. 

Duration: 100 minutes

Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2020

Artist

News

Press Mention

October 1, 2020
The Brooklyn Rail
September 18, 2020
USA TODAY
September 16, 2020
Cinema Scope
September 16, 2020
Artforum
September 10, 2020
Bomb Magazine

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Curator
Production Credits

This screening is a preview of The Inheritance, commissioned by EMPAC. It was filmed in Studio 1—Goodman and on location in Philadelphia.

Funding

EMPAC Spring 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media.