COMPENSATION, the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (CYCLES and A POWERFUL THANG), presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, differing abilities and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.
About the Director:
Zeinabu irene Davis is an independent filmmaker and Professor of Communication at University of California, San Diego. Some of her award winning works include a drama about a young slave girl for both children and adults, Mother of the River (1996); a personal essay on breastfeeding, Co-Motion (2010), and an experimental narrative, Cycles (1989). Her dramatic feature film entitled Compensation (1999) features two inter-related love stories that offer a view of Black Deaf culture and was the winner of the Gordon Parks Award for Directing from the Independent Feature Project and was selected for the Sundance Dramatic Film Competition. Her current documentary work, Spirits of Rebellion: Black Cinema from UCLA is in post-production.
ASL Interpretation for the introduction and after film discussion provided by Anderson Interpreting Service.