The 8th in the ongoing series of the Chicago screenings of the L.A. Rebellion touring film series, will
continue on Thursday May 23 with a
screening of filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis’
touching and powerful 1999 feature film, Compensation.
Ms. Davis, who is also a professor at the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego, was inspired by a poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and tells the stories
of two relationships during two different periods of time between one couple at
the turn of the 20th Century and another contemporary couple in
Chicago, who are deaf.
Zeinabu’s use of silence in her film is strikingly original, and can be seen as a metaphor for how black people communicate (or don’t) among themselves.
The filmmaker herself, Ms. Davis, will be present for
And along with Compensation, there will be a screening of a new print of Iverson White’s 1985
short film Dark Exodus, which takes
place during the Great Migration in
the early part of the 20th century, in which a rural Southern family
sends their sons away to the North, where they hope they will live better lives.
The screening starts at 7PM and will take place at the Block
Cinema on the campus of Northwestern
University at 40 Arts Circle Drive
in Evanston IL.
Northwestern University professor and curator of the
L.A. Rebellion film series, Jacqueline
Stewart, will introduce the films and conduct a Q and A with Ms. Davis
As I’ve said before, the L.A. Rebellion series has been a
rousing success with packed audiences (and
thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday and Saturday night for the
shorts screenings) and, no doubt,
the screening of Compensation is going to be popular as well.
FREE. But tickets will
be distributed on a first come, first
served basis, so get there as early as you can.