As millions of people are now at home in response to the COVID-19 crisis, EJI hopes you’ll continue learning about the challenges created by over-incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States. One powerful example of how our system operates can be discovered in the critically acclaimed, award-winning film Just Mercy, which is now streaming and on DVD and Blu-ray.
The major motion picture is now available to rent or buy on digital platforms, including Amazon Prime, Apple TV, and Google Play. Watch “a movie that inspires; a story that brings light” during dark times and experience an uplifting true story full of hope that’s needed now more than ever.
Based on the bestselling book, Just Mercy presents the unforgettable story of Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) and the case of Walter McMillian (Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx), who was convicted and sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
Audiences and critics worldwide have given Just Mercy rave reviews, calling it “a brilliant, life-changing film.” The Washington Post described it as an “absorbing, tautly designed drama” that is “shattering, satisfying and true.”
- Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes—audience score 99%
- A+ CinemaScore
- Barack Obama’s Favorite Movies of 2019
- Winner of the National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award
- Winner of Four NAACP Image Awards
- American Black Film Festival Movie of the Year
Just Mercy was an Official Selection at the American Film Institute Fest and Toronto International Film Festival. It won the Audience Award at the Twin Cities Film Fest, Audience Award for Best Feature at the Chicago International Film Fest, Best of the Fest Audience Award for Best Film at the St. Louis International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Virginia Film Festival, Overall Audience Favorite at the 2019 Mill Valley Film Festival, Spotlight Film Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival, and Overall & Special Presentation Audience Choice Award at the Heartland International Film Festival.