• Release Date: April 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 1 hr 42 min
  • Rating: PG-13 - Violence, Drug References, Thematic Material and Language
  • Cast: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard
  • Director: Tim Disney
  • Genre: Drama

Synopsis: Based on true events in the midst of the 2000 election, American Violet tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts, a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a small Texas town who is barely making ends meet on a waitress’ salary and government subsidies. On an early November morning while Dee works a shift at the local diner, the powerful local district attorney leads an extensive drug bust, sweeping her Arlington Springs housing project with military precision. Police drag Dee from work in handcuffs, dumping her in the squalor of the women’s county prison. Indicted based on the uncorroborated word of a single and dubious police informant facing his own drug charges, Dee soon discovers she has been charged as a drug dealer.She is offered a hellish choice: plead guilty and go home as a convicted felon or remain in prison and fight the charges thus, jeopardizing her custody and risking a long prison sentence.