Virtual Cinema: Cane River

April 30, 2021 -

Event Category: Virtual Cinematheque Series
Admission: $10

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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. Originally released in 1982, 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 African American cinema. “Cane River” is available now for the first time in nearly forty years in a brand-new, state-of-the-art 4k restoration.

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