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Africans on the Mississippi


     Cuttin” Cane is an award-winning short film about Donaldsonville, Louisiana. An episodic glimpse of the five-part docuseries, Africans on the Mississippi, Donaldsonville is one of the numerous communities created by the plantation system which flourished along the Mississippi River. The plantations are long gone but the descendants remain with fascinating stories to tell.


     Cuttin’ Cane invites viewers inside a story circle conversation with community elders, gathered at the River Road African American Museum to share memories of life growing up and living in plantation country. This in-depth conversation is joined by RRAAM Interim Director Darryl Hambrick providing in-depth historical context while director/photographer, Christine Brown, captures intimate on-location interviews, together with sweeping panoramic drone footage of sugar cane fields and surrounding areas.


     Cuttin” Cane has won the IndieFest Film Awards as well as selected for the Hollywood South Urban Film Festival, Golden Short Film Festival and The Black Panther Film Festival.

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