Compensation / Daydream Therapy


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Compensation / Daydream Therapy

  • 1999, 1977
  • Directed By: Zeinabu irene Davis, Bernard Nicolas
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama, Romance
  • 104 Minutes
  1. Friday, February 20, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Compensation (1999) Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis
Daydream Therapy (1977) Directed by Bernard Nicolas

Set a century apart, two Chicago love stories of a deaf woman and a hearing man converge in Davis’ feature debut to contemplate Black experiences across lines of class, gender, and ability. Inventive use of sign language and intertitles makes the film accessible for deaf and hearing audiences. Daydream Therapy, the first short by fellow UCLA “L.A. Rebellion” filmmaker Bernard Nicholas, utilizes the limitations and possibilities of silent, small-gauge cinema to poetically render the escapist fantasies of a hotel worker. (16mm/Digibeta.)

Director Zeinabu irene Davis is scheduled to be present.

BLACK SILENCE: Films BY Zeinabu irene Davis and Charles Lane
Decades before The Artist sparked an international silent revival, two Black independent features—Charles Lane’s Sidewalk Stories and Zeinabu irene Davis’ Compensation—bookended the heyday of the Black New Wave with bold formal experiments incorporating markers of silent cinema into contemporary explorations of friendship, social inequality, and Black experience. To return to silent cinema is to invoke nostalgia, but in the case of these filmmakers, it is a knowing, rather than naïve, romance with a past that excluded African Americans.

This series is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, the College of Arts and Sciences, The Media School, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Thanks to Zenabu irene Davis for the use of her personal 16mm print of Compensation as held in trust by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The Digibeta of Daydream Therapy is also being provided by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.