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The Nickelodeon Presents: 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 African American cinema. Available now for the first time in nearly forty years in a brand-new, state-of-the-art 4k restoration.

  • Year
    1982
  • Runtime
    104 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Horace B. Jenkins
  • Screenwriter
    Horace B. Jenkins
  • Producer
    Horace B. Jenkins, Kathleen Rhodes Astorga, Doris Rhodes, Duplain Rhodes Jr.
  • Cast
    Tommye Myrick, Richard Romain, Carol Sutton