Cane River

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Horace B. Jenkins
1h 44m


** New 4K restoration! **

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 African American cinema. Available now for the first time in nearly forty years in a brand-new, state-of-the-art 4K restoration from Oscilloscope Labs.


“Cane River isn’t just a film. It’s a cultural treasure – and, given its unlikely, nearly 40-year journey to the screen – a minor miracle.” – Mike Scott, Times-Picayune

“Jenkins’s spare, frank lyricism foregrounds the couple’s tense discussions about the traumas of history, the weight of cultural memory, and the pressure of racial injustice; he lends the intimate tale a vast and vital resonance.” – Richard Brody, New Yorker

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