'American Violet' Scenes and Premiere

Scenes from 'American Violet'
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 23, 2009

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“American Violet” shows the power one woman can have when she decides to fight back against a system that is victimizing her and hundreds of thousands of others.

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In the film Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie) is arrested at her job as part of a drug raid in her neighborhood in rural Texas. It only took an anonymous tip for someone to be arrested and booked on felony drug charges.

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The district attorney seeks to get Dee to take a plea deal—the result of more than 90 percent of cases.

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Lawyers from the ACLU come to help Dee file a discrimination case against the town.

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Dee and mom Alma contemplate the weight of her decision to take on the justice department.

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Charles Dutton plays the local minister in the film and encourages Dee and her family.

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Alfre Woodard plays Dee’s mom Alma and takes care of Dee’s four daughters while the single mother is jailed.

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The family welcomes Dee home after a heroic stance by the young mother to fight for justice.

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Dee takes her first steps after being released from jail, but her journey isn’t over yet as she pursues charges against the county.

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Darrell (Xhibit) picks up his children with Dee, against her wishes.

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Nicole Beharie stars in the film, her breakout role after graduating from Julliard in 2007.

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Onscreen mother and daughter Alfre Woodard and Nicole Beharie embrace during the film’s Los Angeles premiere.

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“American Violet” Los Angeles Premiere – Red Carpet
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 13: Karimah Westbrook arrives on the red carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of ‘American Violet’ at the Silver Screen Theater at The Pacific Design Center on April 13, 2009 in West Hollywood, California.

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Regina Kelly heads inside the premiere. Her real-life story touched millions and inspired the film.

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“American Violet” is now in theaters and tells the story of what can happen when one person takes a stand for what’s right.

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