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Screening of "Burning Cane"
​Friday, February 21, 6:30-9:30PM
African American Research Library & Cultural Center
Tickets (Free)

Burning Cane won 2019 Tribeca Film Festival's awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Actor (Wendell Pierce). The film was also a 2019 Venice Film Festival Official Selection. Burning Cane is Youmans’ feature directorial debut and was written, photographed and co-edited by Youmans. The film was acquired by Ava DuVernay's film company, Array.

The intimate drama captures the complexity and complacency of family life and religion in rural Louisiana. With his spare, almost documentary filmmaking style, Phillip Youmans, captures the daily lives of the characters and the natural beauty of the town of Laurel Valley and manages to humanize the flawed characters.

Set among the cane fields of rural Louisiana, Burning Cane follows a deeply religious, God-fearing mother struggling to reconcile her tightly-held convictions of faith with the love she has for her troubled, self-destructive son while also witnessing her dejected pastor’s decline.