Foxx, Jordan tackle Deep South racism in Oscar-tipped film eNCA
The movie tells the true story of a black man put on death row in Alabama in 1988 for the murder of a young white woman he did not commit.
CANADA - Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx on Saturday called on America to tackle the"sinister undercurrent" of racism in its justice system, as his courthouse drama set in a starkly polarized Deep South debuted at Toronto's film festival.
"The perception of Walter McMillan is what got him (convicted), along with the sinister undercurrent of what racism can do - to just take a man out of his car and say 'you killed somebody' in a place he'd never been," he added.
The film charts the work of Bryan Stevenson, who as a young black lawyer fresh from Harvard moved to America's Deep South in the 1980s to fight for accused and condemned people without access to legal representation.
"Stevenson is an incredible human being - he's a real life superhero," he added at a panel discussion Saturday.
Variety said the movie"will shake you to your soul," and praised Jordan's"quietly amazing" performance, while IndieWire said the"Black Panther" star"practically carries the movie across the finish line by himself."
The real-life Stevenson, who also attended the festival, said politicians live in a bubble too far removed from the suffering of those who are robbed of justice due to racism.
"Slavery didn't end in 1865, it just evolved. We had 100 years of lynching, segregation, all of that," he said.
"The politics of fear and anger will make you tolerate things you're not supposed to tolerate," he warned.Read more: eNCA
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