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Directed by: Zeinabu irene Davis

Runtime: 92 min

Year: 1999

Country: USA

Rated: Not Rated

Language: English

Film Type: Dramatic

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Zeinabu irene Davis

Compensation is the first feature by award-winning filmmaker Zeinabu irene Davis (Cycles, A Powerful Thang, Spirits of Rebellion: Black Independent Cinema from Los Angeles). It presents two unique African-American love stories between a deaf woman and a hearing man. Inspired by a poem written by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this moving narrative shares their struggle to overcome racism, disability, and discrimination. An important film on African-American deaf culture, Davis innovatively incorporates silent film techniques (such as title cards and vintage photos) to make the piece accessible to hearing and deaf viewers alike, and to share the vast possibilities of language and communication.


KRCL Preview Show (recorded on 3/9/22 with Russell Roots and Gabriella Huggins)

This film is presented as part of Black, Bold & Brilliant Film Night with support from KRCL.

This event is programmed with support by Art Access.

Official Selection:

2000 Sundance Film Festival


Nominee for Best First Feature-2000 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Tuesday, March 15 @ 7:00 PM

Online |

Limited Time Streaming

Available to stream March 15-21, 2022 or until all tickets are reserved, which ever happens first.


Restrictions: Available in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada

ADA accommodations are available. If you have additional needs, please visit our Accessibility page to connect with an ADA coordinator.

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