October 19

78 MIN

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The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear?” Religion is at the heart of Burning Cane, ever-present beneath the surface of its characters’ lives as they navigate their vices. Headstrong matriarch Helen Wayne takes in her son as he struggles with alcoholism while raising her grandson. Helen reflects on her relationship with her family, her Pastor (Wendell Pierce), and her God in this multidimensional meditation on life in rural Louisiana. Phillip Youmans delicately balances beauty, faith, and toxicity in his directorial debut, which won him the Founders Prize at Tribeca. Youmans is the youngest and only African American director to win the prestigious award, but don’t let his age fool you—Burning Cane flows with maturity and grace. -EM

 

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