Just Mercy, the excellent 2019 drama about the story of modern day death penalty abolitionist Bryan Stevenson, will be free to rent through the month of June. The movie’s official Twitter account announced the decision on Tuesday morning, saying the movie’s message of black equality, police brutality and corruption in the justice system makes it a resource for people who want to learn more. You can watch the movie for free on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Plus or any other streaming platform.
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. @eji_org pic.twitter.com/3B2IHMNk7E
— Just Mercy (@JustMercyFilm) June 2, 2020
Just Mercy stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, a lawyer whose work in the American South led him to be a leader in the fight to reform the criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty. Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson also star in the movie, which is based on Stevenson’s book of the same name.
Here’s the trailer.
Earlier this year, RELEVANT spoke with Stevenson and Jordan about their experience making the movie.
“I want to be a part of the change; that’s what’s important to me, especially at this time in my life as a black man in America,” Jordan told us at the time. “These issues directly affect me and my community.”
Stevenson agreed, and said that his mission is to transform the system and reframe how the American people think about police killings of black men. “If you have the kind of system we have, that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent, and if things are compromised by unreliable proceedings—bias, bigotry and racism—then we don’t deserve to kill,” he said.