Johnny Depp in Minamata
Minamata was released on February 5, 2021. W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) was sent to Minamata, Japan to document the effects of the mercury poisoning due to the gross industrial negligence by the Chisso Corporation.
The film was received well with movie critics, rating it an astonishing 73% on Rotten Tomatoes. With an audience score of 92 %.
July 26, 2021
Director Andrew Levitas sent a letter to MGM and others stating that the movie was intentionally being buried in the US because of Johnny’s legal troubles.
This decision created an uproar within most communities that support Johnny. On various social media platforms, people started to raise their voices against MGM’s decision.
WeRJohnny will be joining in on the fight against the burial of such an important piece of history. We will do so by putting pressure on MGM by calling them out any way we can and by (re)tweeting the hashtags that relate to it.
By doing so, we hope to help force MGM’s hand in order to get this masterpiece of a movie out for the rest of the world.
December 2, 2021
Iervolino & Lady Bacardi Entertainment announced the release of Minamata.
“We are immensely happy to inform you that ILBE has teamed up with Samuel Goldwyn Films for the U.S. release of “Minamata”, where Johnny Depp stars as the renowned American photographer W. Eugene Smith”
ILBE and Samuel Goldwyn Films teamed up to release the movie December 15th.
They will extend this release across U.S. and Canada into 2022.
“Minamata is submitted for consideration by the 11/15 Oscars deadline and the theatrical run this month will qualify it” – Kevin Eugene Smith
WeRJohnny is overjoyed with this amazing news!
This is another reminder that WE can make a change!
The voices of the masses where so loud that there was no other choice but to comply!
“Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean”
– Ryunosuke Satoro