The Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge will host showing of several films in the upcoming weeks. One film that might be of some interested to the people of Natchitoches Parish is “Cane River” (1982) Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. This is a special release of the film, featuring a pre-show reception and post show Q&A with the film’s actors Richard Romain (known for his days playing football for LSU) and Tommye Myrick.
This lyrical, visionary film disappeared for decades after filmmaker Hoarace Jenkins died suddenly following the film’s completion, robbing generations of a talented, vibrant new voice in African American cinema.
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.
The running time is 90 minutes. Tickets are $9.50, call for discounts. For more information, visit manshiptheatre.org.