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 the screening.
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 afterward.
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.
Attendance is FREE. But tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so get there as early as you can.