Wednesday, March 4, 2020
8:00 pm–9:35 pm
Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36)
Ticket Required
Add to Calendar 2020-03-04 20:00:00 2020-03-04 21:35:00 Cane River 03/04/2020 8:00 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Directed by Horace Jenkins (USA, 1982, 90 min.).

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 love story set 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 voice in African American cinema. It is now available for the first time in forty years in a brand-new, state-of-the-art 4K restoration.

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Past Dates and Times

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

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