Destin Daniel Cretton is one of the best directors at telling emotional stories. His work on Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle solidified how great he is at pulling performances and stories out of amazing actors and engaging the audience in important social causes.
His film, Just Mercy, is no different. Released last Christmas by Warner Brothers, it's a real-life legal drama that takes on the institutional racism within the criminal justice system. It stars Michael B, Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.
Right now, both in America and across the world, the issues in this film are echoing. Warner Brothers has seen what's going on and wanted to offer audiences something to help.
So for the next month, you can watch the film for free.
In a statement, Warner Brothers talked about the strategy behind this decision.
“We believe in the power of story,” the statement reads. “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.”
The statement continued, “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,” the statement continued. “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.”