A Romeo & Juliet love story with a surprise ending, Cane River is set in one of Louisiana’s “free communities of color.” Richard Romain and Tommye Myrick play a young couple who confront schisms of class and colorism that still roil America today. Restored jointly 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.

“A major rediscovery”

—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“Dealt forthrightly with colorism and other issues of race but has scarcely been seen since.”

—Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times