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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • 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) 
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