Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
2019, 136 minutes, PG-13
1/18/2020 2:00PM – OC
1/26/2020 2:30PM – OC
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie LarsonIn the Pop-up
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Panel Discussion: Saturday, January 25 after the 7:30 pm screening of Just Mercy
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
ABOUT THE FILM
Playing in the Pop-up from Jan. 17 to Jan. 23.
Playing in the Auditorium from Jan. 24 to Jan. 30.
A powerful and thought-provoking true story, Just Mercy follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds-and the system-stacked against them.
“From its smooth visuals and warm, swinging sounds to its magnificent performances, Just Mercy is masterfully constructed to keep us inside a story that otherwise would be too brutal to bear.” – Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post