Join us for a virtual BuddhaFlix viewing of the 2019 American biographical legal drama JUST MERCY (136 min), based on the work of Bryan Stephenson, founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. It’s an eye-opening look at the US Criminal Justice system. But it’s also a movie with great acting, lots of drama, and fascinating characters. In order to enjoy the movie you will want to link to Zoom on a desktop or laptop computer. Watch the trailer HERE.
Bring your own popcorn!
From Rotten Tomatoes:
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.
This BuddhaFlix is sponsored by AZC’s WAKING UP Group, committed to undoing racism and vestiges of white supremacy in all its forms: personal, structural/institutional, and cultural. Find out more about WAKING UP at AZC HERE.