“True Justice” Documentary Slated for January 21 from Warner and HBO

The Warner Archive Collection is releasing True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality (DVD: $14.99), coming on January 21. Emmy-winning filmmakers Peter, George, and Teddy Kunhardt’s feature documentary follows lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson through his experiences as a capital defense attorney and advocate for community-based reform. As a young lawyer in the 1980s, Stevenson witnessed firsthand how courts unfairly applied the death penalty based on race and the Supreme Court ultimately declared that racial bias in the administration of the death penalty was “inevitable.”  An intimate portrait of a remarkable man, the film chronicles Stevenson’s work in Alabama, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and home to the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as the early influences that drove him to become an advocate for the poor and the incarcerated. The documentary release is timed to the feature film opening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Just Mercy, a new drama based on a memoir written by Bryan Stevenson, which stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Brie Larson.