Ephraim Asili: THE INHERITANCE (2020) - Theatrical Screening: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Ephraim Asili: THE INHERITANCE (2020) - Theatrical Screening

A Black man in a tan coat writes "Long Live John Africa!" on a blackboard in a red room
The Inheritance (2020) courtesy of Grasshopper Film
1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat October 2, 2021
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


The Inheritance

Ephraim Asili, 2020, 100 min, DCP Digital

New York-based filmmaker Ephraim Asili follows upon a series of celebrated experimental short films with this inventive and idiosyncratic debut feature. Drawing on Asili’s experiences as a young activist, The Inheritance depicts an intergenerational group of Black radicals embarking on an experiment in communal living in West Philadelphia. The film wittily explores different approaches to political education, from poetry readings to dinner-table debates, placing special emphasis on the catalytic energy of Black material culture like books and records. The Inheritance paints a warm, boldly stylized, but clear-eyed picture of the challenges of collectivity–one that rewards seeing on the big screen.

The Inheritance made available courtesy of Grasshopper Film



About the series:

Saturday Cinema: Highlights and Hangouts

To celebrate Block Cinema’s return to in-person programs, this series of Saturday screenings gathers some of our favorite new films and revival discoveries of 2020. The rich colors and nuanced sound design of films like The Inheritance and małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore translated well enough to virtual cinemas during the pandemic, but deserve to be experienced on the big screen. While formally and thematically distinct, each of the films in our Saturday Cinema series might be called a “hangout” film, depicting the shared joys (and frustrations) of living, working, and wandering together. Come hang out with us!


Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu