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'The Trial of the Chicago 7' will stream for free on YouTube

The acclaimed movie 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' by filmmaker Aaron Sorkin will be available to watch at no cost for 48 hours on Netflix's YouTube

By Miguel Robles

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Since its release back in October, this film not only has been praised by critics, it has also garnered tons of nominations. To name a few, the american historical legal drama has been nominated for five Golden Globes, but it's also considered by many to be a strong contestand at the Academy Awards. And now, basically everyone will have the chance to watch this fantastic movie, which centers around a group of anti-Vietnam protesters who were charged back in 1969 for inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic convention, celebrated in Chicago.

For those who haven't had a chance to see the film, or those who don't have a Netflix account, this is an easy opportunity to check it out. According to The Wrap, 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' will be available for streaming for free on YouTube, and it will stay online at no cost for 48 hours on the Netflix official channel on the aforementioned platform. This will begin on February 19 at midnight (Pacific Time), a move from Netflix to commemorate the trial's verdict at the center of the story.

This film features a powerful ensemble cast including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Flaherty, Frank Langella and Mark Rylance. One of the strongest aspect of the film is that behind it, is the tremendous work of Aaron Sorking; not only writing the story, but also directing it. Thus, becoming the second movie the filmmaker has directed.

According to Sorkin, the reason why film will be available on YouTube for such a short period of time, is to honor the courageous patriots that inspired the creation of the film. But also, to extend the intentions behind the movie and keep inspiring more generations of people with this empowering story.

As per usual with the majority of Aaron Sorkin's work, which are usually charged with strong political stances or critical points of view, this movie also portrays specific poignances about police brutality and the injustice of the legal system in the United States. But the movie also deals with how to respond to those issues, with some of the characters favoring sweeping action while others call for a relatively more incremental approach. There is a reason behind the creation of this film, and Aaron Sorkin knows it; since it's not too difficult to find parallelism between this film and reality nowadays. Obviously, this makes the movie even more relevant today, turning it into a very interesting film to check out on YouTube.

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