The Urban Film Collection [DVD]

This collection of urban films contains American Violet, All Things Fall Apart, Blood Done Sign My Name and Home Again.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

All Things Fall Apart
A talented college running back fights to regain his health after being stricken with cancer, and grapples with the realization that his NFL dreams may have slipped out of reach in this earnest sports drama from director Mario Van Peebles. Deon (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson) was on the fast track to playing pro football when his health took a sudden and drastic turn for the worse. Meanwhile, with his body failing and his family falling apart, the once-promising athlete wages his biggest fight at home. Mario Van Peebles, Ray Liota, and Lynn Whitfield co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Blood Done Sign My Name
Author Timothy Tyson's acclaimed novel is adapted for the screen in this sweeping civil rights drama from director Jeb Stuart. Set in Oxford, NC, in the 1970s, Blood Done Sign My Name tells the tale of Civil Rights leader Dr. Ben Chavis (Nate Parker), who played a pivotal role in desegregating North Carolina's public school system, and who would go on to become the youngest-ever executive director and CEO of the NAACP. The film centers on the racial tensions that flared after a white father and son were charged with murdering a black man, and were subsequently acquitted of the crime despite the fact that it took place in full view of the public. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Home Again
Writer/director Suds Sutherland (Toronto Stories, Guns) collaborates with screenwriter Jennifer Holness to tell the stories of three young Jamaicans struggling to adjust to life in Kingston after being deported from the foreign countries where they were raised since childhood. Essentially strangers in their own home land, the three lost souls attempt to navigate this strange new environment while getting in touch with their long lost roots. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

American Violet
Nicole Beharie, Tim Blake Nelson, Will Patton, and Xzibit headline this fact-based drama about an innocent Texas mother caught up in a high-profile drug raid, and unjustly accused due to the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant. Dee Roberts (Beharie) is a young single mother of four living in a small Texas town. Arrested during a drug raid and accused of a crime she didn't commit, Dee goes against the wishes of her mother, Alma (Alfre Woodard), and rejects the plea-bargain that would free her from jail, but brand her as a felon for life. As word begins to spread that similar incidents are occurring in poor communities all across the country, Dee realizes that there are more mothers out there like her, and decides to take a stand against powerful district attorney Calvin Beckett (Michael O'Keefe). Now, despite being well aware of District Attorney Beckett's fierce reputation, Dee enlists the aid of ACLU attorney David Cohen (Nelson) and former narcotics officer Sam Conroy (Patton) in overcoming the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that, if not navigated with the greatest of caution, now threaten to destroy her life. With the custody of her children on the line, one brave mother wages a valiant battle to strike at the very heart of the corrupt Texas justice system. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ray Liotta
    Ray Liotta
  • Mario Van Peebles
    Mario Van Peebles
  • Lynn Whitfield
    Lynn Whitfield
  • Cedric Sanders
    Cedric Sanders
  • Tracey N. Heggins
    Tracey N. Heggins
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