Zeinabu Irene Davis, USA 1989, 19 min.
Zeinabu Irene Davis, USA 1999, 93 min.
Compensation tells two parallel love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man, played by the same actors but set in two different times: the beginning and end of the 20th century. With inventive original scores, title cards, and carefully selected archival photographs, the film creates a new experience of “silent” film for both hearing and non-hearing audiences. Cycles similarly has sound and Black womanhood at its heart with the sounds of Miriam Makeba and trumpetist Clora Bryant, among others, weaving through the protagonist’s anticipation of her period.