Civil Brand

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Released 2002

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Director:
Neema Barnette
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Civil Brand is a dramatic film about the mistreatment of black women in prison. The film was written by Preston A. Whitmore II and directed by Neema Barnette. It stars many R&B, rap, and hip-hop artists such as Da Brat, Mos Def, LisaRaye McCoy, Monica Calhoun and N'Bushe Wright. Civil Brand centers around a group of black female inmates serving time in prison. They are pursued by Captain Deese (Clifton Powell) and Warden Nelson (Reed McCants), who berate them verbally and abuse them sexually. Frances (Lisa Rae), Little Momma (Lark Voorhies), Wet (Monica Calhoun), and Nikki Barnes (N'Bushe Wright) are also subjected to engage in labor whereby they manufacture products. It is not long before this gang of abused women come together, joined by a man named Michael (Mos Def), and cause an uprising against the brute warden and his captain. Civil Brand received several awards upon its release in 2002 and was met with great critical acclaim.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A compelling, highly charged film that brings a contemporary perspective to classic prison picture elements.

  • 60

    Variety

    Film explores the abuses rampant in woman's prisons and the powerlessness of the inmates, while telling the uplifting story of one inmate, Frances (LisaRae).

  • 30

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Before Civil Brand erupts into over-the-top melodrama (which is pretty early), it shows some interest in its characters, and in its less screechy moments the dialogue has the rough...

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