Compensation | 2000
Inspired by a 1906 poem from early African American writer, Paul Laurence Dunbar, this unique drama explores aspects of Black culture in both turn of the century and present day Chicago in two parallel love stories, both about the relationship between a Deaf woman and a hearing man. The narrative revovles around two couples, Malindy & Arthur and Malaika & Nico, respectively taking place at the beginning and end of the twentieth century. Both pairs revel in the splendor of romance and a possibel lifetime of committment only to be forced to deal with the dreaded disease of their different times: tuberculosis and AIDS. This multi-layered film tackles various issuesa that arise in the relationships of these "mixed" couples. Capturing the silent film era, the film uses historic still photographs, ornate titles cards, and a complex audio design to convey the stories of these two star-crossed lovers.