Aurielle Akerele in The Inheritance
Aurielle Akerele in The Inheritance

Grasshopper Film released the official trailer for The Inheritance, the feature debut film by Ephraim Asili inventively weaving together the history of the MOVE liberation group, the Black Arts Movement, and his own formative experiences in a Black Marxist collective.

The Inheritance, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and screened at the New York Film Festival, opens in virtual cinemas on March 12th, 2021.

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.

The cast includes Nozipho McClean, Eric Lockley, Chris Jarell and Julian Rozzell Jr.

Ephraim Asili is a New York City–based filmmaker, DJ, and radio presenter. He studied film and video arts, earning his BA from Temple University and MA from Bard College, where he is now full-time artist-in-residence and assistant professor of film and electronic arts. His works as director include the shorts Forged Way (10), About Being Living (10), Kinda/One Family (16), and Fluid Frontiers (17). The Inheritance (20) is his debut feature film.

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