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'Just Mercy' is free to watch in June to encourage education on 'systemic racism'

Warner Bros. is offering free rentals of 'Just Mercy' as a resource for those 'interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.'

NEW YORK — The 2019 film “Just Mercy,” which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday.

In the film, Michael B. Jordan plays attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the , who helps a character played by Jamie Foxx. It's based on Stevenson's 2014 memoir “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption," one of the books that has as protests have swept the country.

“We believe in the power of story,” Warner Bros. said. “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.”

released in December, was , the contractual provision mandating the consideration of people from underrepresented groups for cast and crew positions.

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The rider was initiated as a way to change long-term under-representation of people of color and women in Hollywood. have shown that films like “Just Mercy” are starting to reshape the film industry.

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This image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows Jamie Foxx in a scene from "Just Mercy."