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Cane River

 
 
Feb 7—Feb 27, 2020
 
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RUN TIME: 104min
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Directed by Horace Jenkins | 1982

With Richard Romain, Tommye Myrick, Carol Sutton

“CANE RIVER is a work of visionary artistry and progressive imagination.”
—The New Yorker

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This long-lost gem of Black independent cinema was shot in Natchitoches Parish, a historically “free community of color” in Louisiana, with an entirely African-American cast and crew. An at-once frothy and socially incisive romance-cum-family melodrama, Cane River follows Peter (Romain), a brash former football player and aspiring writer, as he returns to his hometown in rural Louisiana and strikes up a relationship with the spirited Maria (Myrick), despite the disapproval of her family. Their Romeo and Juliet-esque affair lays bare the long-festering tensions between light-skinned, property-owning Creoles and the more disenfranchised, darker-skinned families descended from slaves. Infused with poetic feeling for the local flavor of its setting, this luminous Black pastoral—the only feature directed by Horace Jenkins before his untimely death at age 42—addresses thorny issues of colorism, the legacy of slavery, and African-American land loss with a deft, deceptively light touch.

New 4K Digital Master by IndieCollect

Post-screening Q&A
with Cane River actors Richard Romain and Tommye Myrick, Horace Jenkins’ daughter Dominique Jenkins (Saturday Q&As only), and filmmaker/journalist Sacha Jenkins (son of director Horace Jenkins)
Fri, 2/7 at 7pm
Sat, 2/8 at 4:15pm & 7pm
Sun, 2/9 at 2pm

 
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