Emerging from the explosion of Black cinematic creativity known as the LA Rebellion, Zeinabu irene Davis combines narrative storytelling and a range of poetic experimental techniques to give voice to African American women’s experiences of love, joy, struggle, and self-realization. Her sublime feature COMPENSATION—one of the most unjustly neglected works of 1990s American independent cinema—incorporates sign language and silent-film techniques as it traces two love stories involving Black deaf characters across generations. It is presented alongside innovative works like CYCLES and A POWERFUL THANG, in which Davis employs animation and Afro-Haitian dance to lyrically portray intimate moments in the lives of Black women.
Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis • 1986 • United States
Starring Sandra Sealy, John Earl Jelks
This charming tale focuses on Willa Ledbetter, a Black middle-aged schoolteacher in Watts, Los Angeles, and her longing to visit her parents’ homeland of Cuba. In the face of unexpected political and fa...
Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis • 1989 • United States
Starring Stephanie Ingram
A woman performs a purification ritual as she anxiously awaits her period and attempts to determine if she is pregnant. Drawing on Caribbean folklore, this exuberant experimental drama uses animation and live action...