The award-winning 2019 legal drama “Just Mercy”, about the wrongful murder conviction of an African-American man, is being made available for FREE streaming throughout June, in response to the death of George Floyd.
As protests continue in NYC and across the nation, Warner Bros. is making the gesture in the hopes the drama can be used as an educational tool to help people learn more about systemic racism in American society.
Just Mercy stars Michael B. Jordan as civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson appealing the wrongful conviction. The film also stars Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and was directed by “Short Term 12” and “The Glass Castle” filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton.
“Our film ‘Just Mercy,’ based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, ‘Just Mercy’ will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US,” a statement from Warner Bros. reads.
The statement continues: “To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today. Thank you to the artists, storytellers, and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies.”
For further information on Bryan Stevenson and his work at the Equal Justice Initiative please visit EJI.org.”
The film opened in theaters last Christmas after world premiering the drama at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
The Toronto festival is one of more than a dozen international film festivals participating in the We Are One Global Film Festival, with FREE screenings through June 7.
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“Just Mercy” reportedly grossed $50 million worldwide and earned Foxx a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
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