Thursday, May 23, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Block Museum of Art
Thursday, May 23, 2013 7:00 PM FREE
(Zeinabu irene Davis, 1999, USA, video, 90 min.)
In English with subtitles.
A sign language interpreter will be present for the discussion.
Director (and former NU faculty member) Zeinabu irene Davis’ first feature depicts two Chicago love stories, one set at the dawn of the 20th century and the other in contemporary times, featuring a deaf woman and a hearing man. Played by the same actors (Michelle A. Banks and John Earl Jelks), both couples face the specter of death when the man is diagnosed with tuberculosis in the earlier story, and the woman with AIDS in the contemporary one. Inspired by a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar (who died of tuberculosis in 1906, at the age of 33), the film (shot in and around the North Shore) considers the ephemeral nature of love and life, while illustrating the enduring challenges of race and racism, over the course of a century.—Jacqueline Stewart
Also screening will be an excerpt from Davis’ forthcoming documentary, Spirits of Rebellion, about the L.A. Rebellion filmmakers.
IN PERSON: Zeinabu irene Davis
Dark Exodus (Iverson White, 1985, USA, 16mm, 28 min.)
This short film focuses on an African-American family in the early part of the 20th century that sends its sons north in search of a better life.
New 16mm print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.