I remember when I was at the movies (yes…there was a time), and I ran into someone I knew. They had just finished watching Just Mercy and were visibly moved and shaken. It had been on my “to watch” list ever since. So I was delighted to see it become available on Amazon Prime. I totally feel my friend’s emotions now, for this is one of the most powerful and thought-provoking films I have recently seen. This film, a true story, is about the injustices of the law, the prison system and treatment of African Americans (especially in the South). It’s about the goodness of people who choose to defend those who have no one else, to stand up for what is just. For those who support the death penalty, this presents a jarring reality. This is a socially important movie with powerful (yes, I have used this word twice deliberately) actors and an “edge of your seat” experience.
Dr. Marsha Gordon is President/CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. When she is not advocating for business, building the economy or creating job opportunities, you can find her at the movie theatre enjoying many different film genres. Most of the time, her husband Eli is with her… except if it is football season or if it is a very slow, sappy movie.
A version of this article first appeared in the July issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNewsis distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.