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The Inheritance

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Artistic film on Black activism has slurs, swear words.

Movie NR 2021 100 minutes
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Ephraim Asili's experimental film nods to earlier films from the 1960s and '70s, such as Sun Ra's Space Is the Place, which was filmed in 1972 and released in 1974. The film's aesthetics are deeply rooted in activist film reels of that time, making it artistically satisfying to watch. But The Inheritance is also rooted a bit in self-importance that could turn some viewers off. It's full of dense imagery and discussions about socialism and other political activist theories that could leave viewers feeling lost. But it could also compel viewers to do their own research, which is part of what the movie seems to want audiences to do.

That said, The Inheritance is directed in a drawn-out yet artistic manner. In some moments, the film is boring and seemingly about nothing. But in others, when it turns into a documentary about John Africa and the origins of the MOVE Organization, it becomes intriguing, insightful, and compelling. If you enjoy more experimental forms of filmmaking, The Inheritance might be for you. You'll gain some insight into the roots of Philadelphia-based activism and possibly be inspired to do some independent learning about Black-led sociopolitical groups.

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