Cane River

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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.


  • Tommye Myrick
  • Richard Romain
  • Carol Sutton
  • Barbara Tasker

Did You Know?


  • This 1982 feature film is being screened at the first-ever Smithsonian African American Film Festival hosted by National Museum of African American History in October 2018.
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Feb 7, 2020

Jenkins' one and only feature weaves living history, charged and messy, into a homespun, hopeful tale. It's impossible not to wonder about — and wish for — what he might have done next.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 7, 2020

Cane River offers American indie cinema a hero worth remembering, and a romantic with a vision beyond his years.

Metacritic review by Nick Allen
Nick Allen
Feb 4, 2020

The film’s awkwardness is expressive of the pain and confusion of wrestling with truths that shake one’s conception of identity.

Metacritic review by Chuck Bowen
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine