University of Rochester

EVENT: Showing of the film Compensation, sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute and the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Rochester

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in room 321 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochesterís River Campus
** Please note change of time and location from earlier campus calendars. **

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

February 26, 2004

Zeinabu Irene Davisís first feature film about African-American deaf culture will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in room 321 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochesterís River Campus. Compensation, released in 1999, is free and open to the public.

Inspired by the 1906 poem of African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, Compensation presents parallel love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man from different time periods. The narrative tells of their struggles to overcome racism, disability, and discrimination. The turn-of-the-century story is shot like a silent film, complete with title cards and subtitles for hearing and deaf viewers to follow the plot.

An independent filmmaker and professor of communications at the University of California at San Diego, Davis focuses on the depiction of African-American women, their hopes, dreams, past, and future. She also has produced a number of short films: Mother of the River (1995); A Powerful Thang (1991); and Cycles (1989).

The screening is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies and the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Rochester. For more information, contact (585) 275-7235.




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