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Cane River

Director: Horace Jenkins Run Time: 114 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1982

Starring: Tommye Myrick, Richard Romain, Carol Sutton, Barbara Tasker

Written, produced, and directed by Emmy Award-winning documentarian Horace B. Jenkins and crafted by an entirely African American cast and crew, Cane River is a racially-charged love story in Natchitoches Parish, a “free community of color” in Louisiana. A budding, forbidden romance lays bare the tensions between two Black communities, both descended from slaves but of disparate opportunity—the light-skinned, property-owning Creoles and the darker-skinned, more disenfranchised families of the area. This lyrical, visionary film disappeared for decades after Jenkins died suddenly following the film’s completion, robbing generations of a talented, vibrant new voice in American cinema.