Bryan Stevenson, founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and widely-acclaimed public interest lawyer, has dedicated his career to defending the rights of the poor, the incarcerated, and the condemned. An intimate look into his life and his career, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality premiered on HBO on June 26 and is available for streaming for 30 days beginning June 27 on the HBO website. True Justice brings audiences inside Stevenson’s quest to create greater equality in our justice system and gives Stevenson an unparalleled chance to tell his story in his own words, highlighting the transformative experiences in life and the courtroom that have influenced his work. Audiences see the effort, sacrifice, and toll that the pursuit of justice requires, and yet the documentary leaves them with a valuable glimmer of hope for the future of justice in America.
The film looks at his work in Alabama, the place where the Civil Rights Movement and the Equal Justice Initiative began, and where Stevenson’s own journey started as a lawyer in the 1980s. It also covers the revolutionary 2018 opening of EJI’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the only lynching memorial in the United States. Already renowned for his work on behalf of vulnerable populations, Stevenson’s story will continue to inspire even more viewers with the release of True Justice. The documentary has already been covered in New York Magazine, The Root, and The Guardian, and more.
See for yourself what True Justice entails by watching the trailer below.