U.S., 1982, 105 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Horace B. Jenkins, Not Rated, Oscilloscope
“Cane River offers American indie cinema a hero worth remembering, and a romantic with a vision beyond his years.” —Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
“A major rediscovery” —Richard Brody, The New Yorker
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 forty years in a brand new, state-of-the-art 4K restoration by IndieCollect and the Academy Film Archive, with support from the Roger & Chaz Ebert Foundation, Amistad Research Center of Tulane University, and Just Films/ Ford Foundation.
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