‘Just Mercy’ And ‘Selma’ Movies About Racial Injustice, Available For Free Rental Through June – In the wake of George Floyd‘s death, a number of films and documentaries have been made available to stream for free in an effort to help raise awareness about systemic racism and historic injustices.
‘Just Mercy’ And ‘Selma’ Movies About Racial Injustice, Available For Free Rental Through June:
Earlier this week, Warner Brothers announced that “Just Mercy” film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, will available to rent free through June on digital streaming services, including AppleTV, FandangoNow, Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, Redbox, the PlayStation Store, Vudu, Microsoft and YouTube.
“We believe in the power of story,” Warner Bros. wrote in a statement posted on Instagram, following a posted quote from the main character of the film. “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 country.”
“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.”
Destin Daniel Cretton’s 2019 drama “Just Mercy” was based on the real Bryan Stevenson’s memoir, “Just Mercy: a Story of Justice and Redemption.”
The 2019 film follows Bryan Stevenson (Jordan), a civil rights attorney, as he battles the Alabama courts to free a wrongfully convicted black man named Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) from potential execution after his imprisonment on death row.
Bryan Stevenson, who grew up in Milton, Delaware, is the founder and operator of Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to those wrongly convicted of crimes.
On Friday, director Ava DuVernay and Paramount announced that her award-winning 2014 film, “Selma” — which tells the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s — would be available for free online rental on all U.S. digital streaming services for June, starting today.
“We’ve gotta understand where we’ve been to strategize where we’re going,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter. “History helps us create the blueprint. Onward.”
Watch Free Numerous Films Documentaries About Race In America And Learn About Systematic Racism:
The 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary, “I am Not Your Negro,” based on the unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, has been made free to stream on Hoopla and Kanopy as well as free for Amazon Prime Subscribers.
IFC Films Unlimited also declared that The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 is streaming for free on its platform (available through Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV) through June 12.
On Thursday, Criterion—a global streaming service—announced it was making numerous classic films, documentaries, portraying the African American experience, such as “Daughters of the Dust,” “Down in the Delta,” “Portrait of Jason,” “Black Panthers” and “Losing Ground,” available for free on The Criterion Channel, with no subscription required.
Hoopla and Kanopy have dozens of documentaries and films available for free for subscribers, including social justice films such as the 2017 film “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown in 2014.