- Warner Bros has decided to make the 2019 film Just Mercy free to rent on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death
- The film chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration
- George died in hospital after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes
The worldwide Black Lives Matter protests have prompted Warner Bros to make the 2019 film Just Mercy free to rent on digital platforms throughout June.
The movie chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration in the States.
The protests started in the US when George Floyd, an African American, died in hospital after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
Just Mercy is based on Bryan Stevenson's 2014 memoir titled Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption.
The New York Post reports that the memoir is one of the books that has rocketed to the top of the best-seller lists as protests have swept the country.
In the film, Michael B. Jordan plays attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who helps a character played by Jamie Foxx.
Warner Bros said they believe in the power of story.
"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.
"'Just Mercy' released in December, was the first studio project made with the inclusion rider, the contractual provision mandating the consideration of people from underrepresented groups for cast and crew positions."
The rider was initiated as a way to change long-term under-representation of people of colour and women in Hollywood, reports the New York Post.
Recent studies have shown that films like Just Mercy are starting to reshape the film industry.
Mzansi celebs have also spoken up about the ill treatment of black people in the US.
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