Cane River
Cane River

Cane River

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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. Available now for the first time in nearly forty years as a brand-new, state-of-the-art restoration, and in a special edition DVD and Blu-ray release.


  • New interview with actors Tômmye Myrick and Richard Romain 
  • "Journey Back to My Father" - New audio essay by Sacha Jenkins, son of Horace B. Jenkins
  • Post-screening discussion at Ebertfest featuring Chaz Ebert, Sacha Jenkins, Dominique Jenkins, Tômmye Myrick, and Indiecollect's Sandra Schulberg (2019)
  • Archival TV interview with director Horace B. Jenkins on Folks (December 10, 1981) - Courtesy of Louisiana Public Broadcasting
  • Theatrical trailer 
  • Exclusive written essay by Ashley Clark, director of film programming at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) 


The CANE RIVER Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available on limited edition vinyl!

To purchase PPR permits for screening in a classroom or library or to a public group of less than 50 people when no admission is charged, please use this listing