During these hours of confinement no one tells her that she was detained because she fits the profile of someone who is black and living in government housing. There are many big themes running through this small movie -- racial profiling, handy legal loopholes that protect bad guys masquerading as good, fear-based plea-bargains, and the stranglehold a powerful politician can have over a town.
I skipped my graduation at Juilliard to do that film. I was rolling on the floor. How was it working alongside so many seasoned pros?
That made me so happy. One big difference from these earlier films, however, is that the events which inspired American Violet happened in the year I also got to spend time with numerous people from the town in Texas who had gone through the raids, characters you see in the film on the periphery.
By Broadside Correspondent Robert Guzman The story of racial profiling is not an easy one to tell, but American Violet, the story of a woman falsely accused of dealing narcotics, effectively tells the tale. What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
Director Tim Disney makes no attempt to cloak his liberal politics behind a more balanced view that might have provided a more complex view of country life. You had a great supporting cast, including Alfre Woodard, Charles S. Her estranged ex-boyfriend and the father of her two youngest children, played by rapper Xzibit, is involved with a woman convicted of child endangerment.
A to year period in prison for not taking the plea bargain, which comes with a minute fine and year suspended ruling, was what she would suffer. Military tactics are being employed in drug task forces to intimidate black people. The case proved a rare catalyst for deeply needed reform of a deeply entrenched injustice, and, with some luck, the film could do the same.
So while American Violet is about as far from the "horror" genre in moviemaking as you can get, audiences may indeed be horrified or perhaps outraged at the injustice displayed by one district attorney in Texas.
Do yourself and family a favor and steer clear of that racist oasis if you happen to be black and passing through Texas. What type of training did you get before Juilliard?
What interested you in the role? Disney and writer Bill Haney both spent the last four years working on the film, whose plot was derived from a feature story Haney heard on NPR one day on his commute home in Boston, Mass.
Dee Roberts, played by promising newcomer Nicole Beharie, was 24, living in the projects with her four young children and getting by on what she made as a waitress and government assistance.
The honor is all mine, after I witnessed what a superb job of acting you did in this film. These four young girls who have witnessed the effects of losing a parent to separation stay with their grandmother, played by Alma Roberts, who offers a breath of fresh air to this very serious situation.
The actors portraying them in the film do an excellent job of portraying the whole spectrum of these flaws. The triumphant outcome of a trial that made national headlines did change the laws in Texas involving forced plea bargaining, illegal arrests of minorities without search warrants and the misuse of dishonest testimony, but the DA still got off scot-free, leaving his political future up to the voters, and in an epilogue we are informed that he since has been reelected to the same job.
Ultimately, the ACLU would clear their names with the help of one of the defendants, an intrepid woman willing to risk further incurring the wrath of the local authorities by testifying against them in a lawsuit proving a color-coded pattern of malicious prosecution.
I guess my ticket to get in there was acting. Forcefully written by Bill Haney and carefully directed by the talented Tim Disney, it challenges the inhuman boundaries of racial prejudice while chronicling the draconian arrest of an innocent year-old African-American single mother with four daughters in a bump in the road called Melody, Texas.The story of racial profiling is not an easy one to tell, but American Violet, the story of a woman falsely accused of dealing narcotics, effectively tells the tale.
At first glance you may not feel that you are affected by it, but this movie is designed not to make you think. How American Violet Relates to Criminal Justice.
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American Violet is a movie with a powerful theme on the role of racism in the war against drugs. It is not a horror film but still the audience may be outraged due to the injustice portrayed by a Texas district attorney.
The “American Violet” Interview with Kam Williams A recent grad of the acting program at the prestigious Juilliard School, Nicole Beharie made her screen debut just last fall in The Express, a bittersweet bio-pic about the abbreviated life of Ernie Davis, the first African-American recipient of the Heisman Trophy.
Dutton, Will Patton, Tim Blake Nelson, Xzibit and Michael O’Keefe. A movie which earns high marks simply for being the first feature film with the guts to tackle the subject of racial profiling in such an honest fashion, especially given the similar allegations leveled at the neighboring town of Tenaha just last month.
Page 1 Critical Review American Violet The movie American Violet is about the wrongful arrest and attempted prosecution of Dee Roberts, a twenty-four year.
A powerful tale of institutional racism in Texas. Updated Contact movie critic Steven Rea at or American Violet. Directed by Tim Disney. With Xzibit, Malcolm Barrett, Michael.Download