American Violet

American Violet

Unknown - 2009
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This film is based on a true story. Dee Roberts is a young black woman raising four daughters with the help of her mother in an all-black housing project. In 2000, Dee is one of many residents swept up in an aggressive raid by the police drug task force of their small Texas town. Dee's so innocent that she believes, at first, that she's been arrested because of her parking tickets. Once in the grip of the legal system, Dee faces a difficult choice: free herself by accepting 10 years' probation on a plea bargain, or allow the case to go to court, which could have much costlier consequences. Backed by an ACLU lawyer and a local attorney known for his integrity and connections, Dee attempts to prove that the drug charges are not just false, but racially motivated.

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shofar29
Jan 30, 2017

This is an insightful and real life account of the continued racism and abuse of power that continues in our so called politically correct world. It seems impossible to break away from the stereotypical assumptions related to race, background and demographic when the law itself can be misinterpreted and manipulated. A courageous fight to ensure the truth is heard.

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kwarah
Nov 08, 2011

Through out human history to the present day "civilized" world, "JUSTICE FOR ALL" has always been an empty promise, forcing the victims of INJUSTICE to rise up against their oppressors.

And, justice is NOT color blind.
Therefore, those who masquerade under the color of authority & in the name of "law & order" get to dispense "justice", based on their own personal whims.

Sadly, many communities & families end up being EXPENDABLE to injustice.

aaa5756 Oct 15, 2011

B+ movie

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joseph
Nov 19, 2009

Good - American Violet (2008) 103 min. Racism is alive and well in the new millennium. Southern U.S. still harbours resentments and anger towards the African-American as demonstrated in the film based on a true story. Nicole Beharie plays the mother of four who is erroneously arrested for distributing drugs. The District Attorney has a vendetta towards all African Americans and uses that hate to make law enforcement decisions. The film never lets up as Beharie’s character has to decide whether to assist the ACLU against this particular D.A. Entertaining eye-opener of the judicial system in the U.S.

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LisaGentile Jan 23, 2011

LisaGentile thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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