Zeinabu irene Davis

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Zeinabu irene Davis
UCSD Zeinabu Davis Picture.JPG
Born (1961-04-13) April 13, 1961 (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Brown University, University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Director, producer, professor
Years active 1982–present
Spouse(s) Marc Arthur Chéry

Zeinabu irene Davis is an African-American filmmaker and professor of the Department of Communication[1] at the University of California, San Diego. Her works in film include narrative, documentary and experimental film.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Davis studied at Brown University and received a master of fine arts in film and video production from UCLA in 1989. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from such sources as the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts.[3] She taught at several colleges.


As a filmmaker, her films have been categorized as belonging to the genre of Black feminism. According to film scholar Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Davis believes that black filmmakers are "developing a new genre that constitutes a black aesthetic".[4]


Her film Compensation won the Gordon Parks Directing Award from the Independent Feature Project in New York.[5] It was also screened at the Sundance Festival in 2002.[5] It tells a parallel story of two deaf black women, one at the turn of the century and one in the later 20th century.[5]


Year Title Contribution Notes
1982 Filmstatement Director
1983 Recreating Black Women's Media Image Director
1986 Sweet Bird of Youth Director
1986 Crocodile Conspiracy Director
1987 Canta For Our Sisters Director
1989 Cycles[6] Director
1991 Period Piece, AA Period Piece Director
1991 Powerful Thang, AA Powerful Thang[7] Director, Producer
1995 Mother of the River Director
1999 Compensation[8] Director, Producer
2005 Las Abuelas - Latina Grandmothers Explain the World and Other Stories of Faith Co-director, Producer
2005 Trumpetistically, Clora Bryant Director, Producer
2008 Delta Children: Future of the Blues Co-director
2009 Passengers Director, Producer
2010 Momentum: A Conversation with Black Women on Achieving Graduate Degrees Director
2010 Co-motion: Tales of Breastfeeding Woman Director
2015 Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA[9] Director Screened as a work-in-progress in 2011


  1. ^ University of California, San Diego, Department of Communication.
  2. ^ Ogunleye, Foluke (2007). "Transcending the "Dust": African American Filmmakers Preserving the "Glimpse of the Eternal"". College Literature. 34 (1): 156–173. doi:10.1353/lit.2007.0008. 
  3. ^ "Zeinabu irene Davis". Women Make Movies. 
  4. ^ Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, 1995, Greenwood Press, Westport (CT) & London, Women Film Directors: An International Bio-Critical Dictionary, Retrieved December 15, 2014, see page(s): 103
  5. ^ a b c Lyman, Rick (4 February 2000). "At the movies". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cycles". 
  7. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/movies/movie/434972/A-Powerful-Thang/details
  8. ^ "Compensation". Sundance Festival. 
  9. ^ "Spirits of Rebellion: Black Film at UCLA (2011)". L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema. UCLA Film & Television Archive. Retrieved 2011-10-02.