Television director Neema Barnette directs the forceful drama Civil Brand, based on a story by Preston A. Whitmore II. Shot with a micro-budget of 500,000 dollars, the film stars confrontational rap and hip-hop artists Mos Def, MC Lyte, and Da Brat. The story concerns a women's prison that exploits its largely African-American inmate population as cheap labor to manufacture products for a corporation. Mostly incarcerated due to domestic violence situations, the inmates also face sexual abuse as the hands of the prison staff, headed by Captain Deese (Clifton Powell) and Warden Nelson (Reed McCants). Accused of murder, Frances Shepard (Lisa Rae) joins forces with inmates Little Momma (Lark Voorhies), Wet (Monica Calhoun), and Nikki Barnes (N'Bushe Wright), as well as law student Michael (Mos Def), in order to start an uprising.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 95min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 08/29/2003
- DVD Release Date: 01/27/2004
- Distributor(s): Lions Gate Films
- Themes: Rape & Sexual Abuse,Women in Prison,Fighting the System
- Tone: Angry,Forceful,Harsh,Rousing,Tense,Stirring,Drab,Gritty,Confrontational
corruption, exploitation, inmate, labor [work], prison-guard, prison-riot, sexual-abuse, women's-prison
- Country of Origin: USA - Limited (08-29-2003)
- Language: English