The Inheritance, 2020, Ephraim Asili

The Inheritance

Director: Ephraim Asili; With Eric Lockley, Nozipho Mclean, Chris Jarrell. US, 2020, 100 min. English
 
In these re-politicized times, it was inevitable that American cinema should take inspiration from the new Black consciousness of the 1960s, and from that era's European cinema of the Left. Ephraim Asili's The Inheritance is one of two recent films (the other is Vincent Meessen's JUST A MOVEMENT) which look back at Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise from a black perspective. In Asili's film, Julian inherits his grandmother's house in West Philadelphia. As he explores a legacy of thought encapsulated in a trunkful of books and records, the place expands into a black socialist collective – recalling Move, the organization bombed in 1985 by Philadelphia police. As Eric, his girlfriend Gwen, and a houseful of activists, artists and musicians – plus an argumentative friend (Chris Jarell) – negotiate space and new ways of living and thinking, Asili's own camerawork and décor echo the primary colors of La Chinoise, while a patchwork of texts and images, some archival, evoke the thought of Audre Lorde, Julius Nyerere, US politician Shirley Chisholm, and contemporary poet Ursula Rucker, who appears as herself. A vivid, confrontational echo box of text, music, and polemic. (Jonathan Romney)
 
With Ephraim Asili in attendance

Screening dates:

Mo 25.10.2021 18:30
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