Alphabet Review: (A)merican Violet

Informative and exceptional, ‘American Violet’ is one of those films that comes around once in a blue moon and allows you to think and form your own opinions. Regardless of where you stand on the topic of race and politics, this is a film that is bound to spark discussion across the board.

Written by Bill Haney, ‘American Violet’ is based on the true story of a single black mother wrongfully accused and arrested for dealing drugs in a rural Texas town. The film stars Alfre Woodard,  Will Patton, Michael O’Keefe and debuts newcomer Nicole Beharie.   And boy is it a debut as she holds her own and then some next to a powerhouse like Woodard.

Personally I have my opinions of why this film wasn’t shown to a wider audience, but that’s not important. What is important is the light this film shines on the despicable activities that still take place in our nation, even still in 2010. To watch this story play out on-screen is heartbreaking and rage inducing. A friend of mine who watched earlier this week mentioned that he had to take a 20 minute break from the film to compose his thoughts.  A testament of show close to home this film hits for some people.

Back in high school they used to show us boring films that dealt with race issues,  but this is a film that I would’ve gladly watched. It’s current, relevant and poignant, and something that the entire family can enjoy.

‘American Violet’ really is an amazing film that also includes a scene stealing cameo from Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker). Highly Recommended.

Coming tomorrow: The Babysitters


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