American Violet

Based on real events and set in a small Texas town in the midst of the 2000 Bush/Gore Presidential election, “American Violet” tells the story of Dee Roberts (Nicole Beharie), a 24 year old African-American single mother of four who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid. Despite the urgings of her mother (Alfre Woodard), and with her freedom and the custody of her children at stake, she chooses to fight the powerful district attorney (Michael O’Keefe) and the unyielding criminal justice system he represents. Joined in an unlikely alliance with an ACLU attorney (Tim Blake Nelson) and former local narcotics officer (Will Patton), Dee risks everything in a battle that forever changes her life, and the Texas justice system. [Synopsis courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films]