PersonZeinabu Davis

Undergraduate Advisor
Affiliated faculty, Critical Gender Studies


M.F.A. in Film and Video Production, University of California, Los Angeles (1989)


A veteran of independent film and video, Davis has produced numerous award winning works. Her vision is passionately focused on the depiction of African American women - their hopes, dreams, past and future. Her latest work, a dramatic feature film entitled Compensation uses silent cinema techniques to portray two inter-related love stories that offer a view of Black Deaf culture. Her interests include altering and diversifying the terrain of mass media, film history, world cinema and folklore. She frequently writes and lectures on African and African American cinema.


Davis, Zeinabu i., "FESPACO 97: Celebrating African & Diasporic Film," The Newsletter of the Black Film Center/Archive, vol. 12, no. 1, Summer 1997.

Davis, Zeinabu i., Wendell Franklin, interviewed by Zeinabu Davis A Directors Guild of America Publication, 1995.


"Compensation," black and white, 16mm film, 92 minute drama, 1999.

"Mother of the River," black and white, 16mm film. 30 minute children's drama. 1995.

"A Powerful Thang," color, 16mm film, 57 minute narrative. 1991.

"A Period Piece," color, 3/4" video, 4 minutes, rap video. 1991.

"Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant," color, mixed formats(film & video), 5 minutes, experimental video & documentary, 1989.

"Cycles," black and white, 16mm film, 17 minutes, drama/animation film. 1989.

Exibitions and Retrospectives

Davis, Zeinabu i., Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, "Time Arts Chicago: in Chicago: Independent Films," January 1997. Mother of the River. (Retrospective of Chicago artists).

Davis, Zeinabu i., Princeton University, "Both Sides of the Camera: Women and Film," April 1996. Cycles, A Powerful Thang.

Davis, Zeinabu i., Indianapolis Museum of Art, "Focus on Film: In Conversation: Zeinabu irene Davis and Phyllis Klotman," February 1996. Cycles, Mother of the River.


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