Actress Viola Davis and star athlete Stephen Curry are set to executive produce Emanuel, an upcoming documentary surrounding the shooting death of nine African Americans at a Charleston, South Carolina church.
On June 17, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina where he opened fire on several innocent men and women, killing nine. Last year, Roof was sentenced to death for the crime.
Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions will partner with the city of Charleston and those affected by the tragedy. The film will feature exclusive interviews with survivors and the families of those who lost their lives.
“The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness,” Curry said in a statement. “Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”
The Charleston massacre affected men and women of all races across the country. It goes to show that despite how far we’ve come, we still have a very long way to go.
“June 17, 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism,” Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions added. “We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss. Yet, miraculously, from this devastation, we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found the courage to love in the face of hate.”
Emanuel will premiere at DOC NYC on Nov. 14 and 15.