Special guest: Introduction by director Zeinabu irene Davis.

Director Zeinabu irene Davis’s first feature showcases two love stories: one set at the dawn of the 20th century, the other in the last year of it. Featuring a deaf woman and a hearing man (Michelle A. Banks, John Earl Jelks), both couples face the specter of death when the man is diagnosed with tuberculosis in the early story, and the woman with AIDS in the contemporary one. Inspired by a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar, the film considers the ephemeral nature of love and life while illustrating the enduring challenges of race and racism. 

DIRECTED BY: Zeinabu irene Davis. WRITTEN BY: Marc Arthur Chéry. WITH: John Earl Jelks, Michelle A. Banks, Nirvana Cobb, Kevin L. Davis. 1999. 95 min. USA. B&W. English, American Sign Language. DCP. Digital presentation courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Academy Museum film programming generously funded by the Richard Roth Foundation. 

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