A Black woman and a Black man in a blue room sitting on a bed with red sheets in animated joyous conversation.

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USA TODAY lists Ephraim Asili's The Inheritance in top four films at prestigious festival
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4. 'The Inheritance'

Director Ephraim Asili’s timely experimental film is part documentary and part fictional narrative interspersing a lesson on Black culture with a historical plight for racial and social justice. In the film peppered with footage of first Black congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, as well as images of Black icons John Coltrane and Muhammad Ali, a young man (Eric Lockley) inherits his grandmother’s Philadelphia house and creates a Black socialist collective with his girlfriend (Nozipho Mclean). Asili creates a tapestry of their story interspersed with the story of the MOVE liberation group and the tragic bombing of their Philly house in 1985 that took 11 lives and destroyed 61 homes.


Main Image: Production still from The Inheritance, 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

September 18, 2020


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