Feb 27th 2020

Compensation (1999)

@ The Block Museum

40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

Opening Thursday, February 27th, from 7PM - 9PM

Zeinabu irene Davis’ 1999 feature is one of the most formally audacious and emotionally resonant films ever made in Chicago. Telling two versions of a love story between a deaf woman and a hearing man–one set at the turn of the 20th century, the other in the 1990s–Compensation adopts a playful, fluid style, drawing on silent-film tropes and experimental montage techniques. Director (and former NU professor) Davis navigates the challenges of race, class, disease, and disability with a dexterity shared by leads Michelle A. Banks and John Earl Jelks, each playing a dual role. 20 years after its debut, the film remains a revelation. Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

(Zeinabu irene Davis, 1999, USA, 16mm, 95 min)

Post-screening discussion with director Zeinabu irene Davis over Skype!

Introduction by Gerald Butters (Professor, MA in Liberal Studies program at Northwestern University). Post-screening discussion with Butters, Golden Owens (PhD candidate in Screen Cultures at NU), and director Zeinabu irene Davis (via Skype).

Hidden Figures: One Book One Northwestern
Thursday, February 27, 7 PM

Co-presented by Block Cinema with the SPS Graduate Programs Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern University, and One Book One Northwestern

Part of the Block Cinema series:
Hidden Figures: One Book One Northwestern

Drawing on the example of the 2019-2020 One Book One Northwestern selection, Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space, Block Cinema presents a yearlong series celebrating the history of women of color behind the camera. Featuring rarely-screened films and in-depth discussions with filmmakers and historians, these programs also seek to champion the scholars, educators, curators, and archivists who work to make these histories visible today.

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