Directed by Lee Daniels
Starring Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Garrett Hedlund,
Leslie Jordan, Natasha Lyonne
The United States vs. Billie Holiday will be available in Canada for video-on-demand (rental) and electronic purchases in the original English version starting March 2. Directed by Lee Daniels (Precious, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) and starring Grammy-nominated artist Andra Day, the film garnered two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Dramatic Feature Film and Best Original Song. The United States vs. Billie Holiday tells the story of American jazz singer Billie Holiday and performer of the famous song Strange Fruit, a workthat denounces racism and lynching of African-Americans. Let’s continue the conversation and awareness about racial injustice with this punch-up film that highlights a painful part of American history.
Synopsis : In the 1940’s, the US government targeted beloved jazz icon Billie Holiday as part of their war on drugs, to prevent her from performing her heart-wrenching ballad “Strange Fruit,” a blatant cry against lynching. Directed by Lee Daniels, written by Suzan-Lori Parks and starring Andra Day.