Just Mercy

Just Mercy

March 01, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Based on the worldwide bestseller, this powerful true story about a history-making battle for justice stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson.


After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson (Jordan, Black Panther) 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, Captain Marvel). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx, Django: Unchained), 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.

Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) directs this film adaptation of Stevenson's bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014, the book has spent more than 150 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List and counting. D: Destin Daniel Cretton, US, 2019,

Programmed in conjunction with the mixed-media theater piece The Just and the Blind (Jan 16).

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