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Civil Brand (2002)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 29, 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 3, 2004

Budget $500,000

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Civil Brand Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language.

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio Lions Gate Films, Mandalay Proliance, Neena Films

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Genre: Drama, Prison, Suspense, Exploitation

Tagline: Who ever heard of women taking over a prison...

Plot: “Welcome to the plantation, sister Frances.”

With those words, Frances Shepherd, a beautiful young mother and nurse, is greeted upon her arrival at Whitehead Correctional Institute, a maximum-security prison for women. Surrounded by hardened repeat offenders, this meek woman—incarcerated for killing her abusive husband—has just joined the ranks of one of the most lucrative businesses in America: the prison industrial complex. With every eye-opening day that passes, with every cruelty leveled against Shepherd and her fellow inmates, it becomes more and more obvious that profit—not rehabilitation—is the goal at Whitehead. After a series of pivotal events force the women to rise up against the injustices at the penitentiary, they band together against the “new plantation” workplace that harvests human labor for profit. But the odds are stacked against them.

Neema Barnette’s feature film debut freshly injects socio-political commentary into the prison-film genre. With a cast that includes rap stars DaBrat, Mos Def and MC Lyte and features standout performances LisaRaye, N’Bushe Wright and Monica Calhoun, CIVIL BRAND fiercely takes on “the system” that women face in today’s corrections structure.

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 Directed by
Neema Barnette
All You've Got, Miracle's Boys, Sisters in Cinema
 Written by
Preston A. Whitmore II
Fled, Lockdown, Blood Crime
N'Bushe Wright
Blade, Dead Presidents, Fresh
Da Brat
Glitter, Carmen: A Hip Hopera, Rhyme & Reason
Lark Voorhies
How High, Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas, How to Be a Player
Beauty Shop, The Players Club, Gang of Roses
Mos Def
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Italian Job, Monster's Ball
Monica Calhoun
Out of Rosenheim, The Best Man, The Players Club
Clifton Powell
Ray, Deep Rising, Next Friday
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