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Civil Brand (2002)

Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the ... See full summary »

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Frances Shepard (as LisaRaye)
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Nikki Barnes
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Wet
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Warden Alan Deese
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Michael Meadows (as Mos Def)
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Sabrina
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Aisha
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Lil' Momma
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Warden Nelson (as Reed McCants)
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Miller
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Doctor Moss
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John Banks (as Robert Lynn)
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Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard. Together they discover that a corporation funds and is profitting from the plantation-like work environment they are forced to work under. In a botched attempt to organize a protest against their "slave labor", the women take over the prison - A rare glimpse of the effects of the prison industrial complex on female inmates. Written by L. J. Allen-2 (Leslye Allen)

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Rated R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language | See all certifications »
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26 May 2002 (USA)  »

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A Revolta das Prisioneiras  »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$123,580 (USA) (29 August 2003)

Gross:

$243,347 (USA) (10 October 2003)
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Monica Calhoun and LisaRay McCoy also starred together in the Players Club (1998). See more »

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All We Want
Written by MC Lyte (as Lana Moorer) & Da Brat (as Shawntae Harris)
Performed by MC Lyte & Da Brat
Published by BROOKLYN BASED MUSIC/WARNER CHAPPELL (ASCAP), AIR CONTROL MUSIC (ASCAP)
Courtesy of SUNNI GYRL / SO SO DEF / COLUMBIA RECORDS
Produced By AARON PITTMAN
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Civil Brand is a story about young Black women who come together and fight against a corrupt prison system that forces them to work in sweat shop conditions so that the prison can make a profit.
10 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews



I saw the movie on Friday August 9th on 34th street.

It is a incredible movie that explores the new trend prison for profit.

It truly is an incredible movie. It took me to a place that I have ignored-The plight of women in prison. So many times, I have said "Prison is just a country club". But I realized today that it is not a country club and that many innocent women or people are behind bars. Women just like the character LiL Moma, for example, who may have killed in self defense.

I must say that as a result of the director taking the time to develop a story line for each character in the prison, the audience comes to terms with the fact that these women were survivors and not animals.

Last but not least, the film is very much like a roller coaster-just when you feel very sad, you begin to laugh hysterically-just when you are laughing hysterically, you begin to clap.

I tried my best not to tell the story.


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