Through the Lens of Black Women: Beauty and Expectations

Compensation, the first feature from Zeinabu irene Davis (Cycles; A Powerful Thang), presents parallel and unique African American love stories of a deaf woman and a hearing man living decades apart. With inspiration from a poem written by African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative depicts the struggle to overcome racism, disability, and discrimination. Davis innovatively incorporates silent-film techniques to make the film accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, embracing the vast possibilities of language and communication.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.


Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis
(USA, 1999, 95 minutes, in English)
Lynn Wyatt Theater


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