Warner Bros. Makes “Just Mercy” Available for Free as an Educational Tool

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Warner Bros. has made its recent film Just Mercy available to rent for free. The twitter account for the movie released a statement, “We believe in the power of story. #JustMercy is one resource we can offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, #JustMercy will be available to rent for free on digital platforms in the US.” 

Released in December, director Destin Daniel Cretton’s film tells the true story of lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson’s (Michael B. Jordan) mission to free Walter McMillan (Jamie Foxx), an Alabama death row inmate wrongfully convicted of murdering a white woman.

“We believe in the power of story,” reads the Warner Bros. statement. “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 U.S. 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.”

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: August de Richelieu from Pexels

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