‘American Violet’ tells the tale of a Texan single mother wrongfully arrested for selling drugs. She risks her reputation and the custody of her kids when she’s asked to plea guilty and go home – or remain in prison to fight the charges and clear her name. The story packs a punch and is even more powerful when you realise it’s based on true events. Actress Nicole Beharie takes on the role of central character Dee Roberts with Alfre Woodard as her mother. And the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star suggests this drug raid tale is a common one.

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