Steph Curry and Viola Davis Partnered to Produce Documentary About the Charleston Church Shooting
Steph Curry has teamed up with Viola Davis to make a documentary about the 2015 Charleston church shooting where nine Black people were murdered by Dylan Roof during Bible study. The film is called ‘Emanuel’ taking its name from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the massacre occurred.
Directed by Brian Ivie, “Emanuel” chronicles the events of June 17, 2015, when Dylann Roof walked into a bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and killed nine African Americans during their closing prayer.
via Deadline: The docu features interviews with survivors and family members and is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness. It was made in partnership with the city of Charleston and the victims’ families.
“Emanuel is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers,” said Curry of his Unanimous Media banner. “The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness. Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”
Said David and Tennon: “June 17, 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism. That evening, a routine bible study at Emanuel Church was a soft target based solely on the racial profile of the congregation. We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss. Yet, miraculously, from this devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found courage to love in the face of hate. JuVee is proud to be a part of this healing and truth telling along with Unanimous Media, Brian Ivie and John Shepherd.”