Julian inherits a house in West Philadelphia from his grandmother and asks his girlfriend Gwen to move in, though she’s just the first member of the collective that sets up home with him within its colourful walls. Soon they’re reciting African-American poetry, reading post-colonial theory, holding seminars on Sudanese languages and enjoying jazz sessions. These funkily cerebral exploits might read as fiction, yet they’re just a reenactment of Asili’s experiences in a Marxist commune. Members of the MOVE Organization speak at the house, key sites for the city’s Black community are shown and quarrels over house rules arise: theory rubs up against practice and sparks duly fly. (JL)
- Official Selection, 2020 Toronto International Film Festival
Born 1979 - Roslyn, PA
Ephraim Asili is a Filmmaker, DJ, and Traveler whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over the world, including the New York Film Festival, NY; Toronto International Film Festival, Canada; Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI; San Francisco International Film Festival, CA; Milano Film Festival, Italy; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; MoMA PS1, NY; LAMOCA, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Whitney Museum, NY. As a DJ, Asili can be heard on his radio program In The Cut on WGXC, or live at his monthly dance party Botanica. Asili currently resides in Hudson, NY, and is a Professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.