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. Screenings are
free, but ticketed.
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