American Violet

Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.

The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this weekly series, let me know!

But as usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films and TV shows we've talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out for yourselves.

Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:

1 - The film that launched Nicole Beharie's on-screen career, also her feature film acting debut, American Violet - a factual story set in small town Texas, in 2000, that tells the story of Dee Roberts, a 24 year old African American mother of four, who is swept up in a drug raid and falsely accused based on the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant. Despite the urging of her mother Alma, Dee rejects a plea bargain that would release her from jail but forever brand her as a felon. With the custody of her children at stake, she instead decides to take on the powerful district attorney behind it all, Calvin Beckett, and with inspiring courage and dignity, she overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles, forever changing her and the Texas justice system.

Then newcomer Beharie was joined by Alfre Woodard as Dee's mother, Charles S Dutton, and many more. 

Tim Disney, the great-grand nephew of Walt Disney, directed the film.

It was a strong acting debut for Beharie and worth a look if you've never seen the film.