Stephen Curry And Viola Davis Set To Produce Charleston Shooting Documentary

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Stephen Curry, professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors, has decided to step off the court and behind the camera as a executive producer for a documentary along with actress Viola Davis.

The documentary, entitled “Emanuel,” will shed light on the 2015 Charleston church shooting that left nine African-American parishioners dead.

On June 17, 2015 the then 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston during a bible study session and let off shots that killed nine black churchgoers during their closing prayer.

As reported by Deadline, “Emanuel” will include interviews from survivors and family members and was made in partnership with the city of Charleston and the victims’ families.

Curry spoke out about the documentary and the honor he feels taking on his new position.

“’Emanuel’ is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers.”

He went on to say, “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.”

The documentary will be “a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness,” as reported by Variety.

Viola Davis also gave her opinion on the documentary and tragic shooting, she exclaimed that June 17th, “served as a stark reminder of the power of racism.”

She continued with, “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.”

Jeron Smith, CEO of Unanimous Media, the media company behind the documentary, stated that the shooting was suppose to trigger hopelessness and fear, but in spite of the victims and their families displayed nothing but love and faith. Because of this Smith plans to celebrate and honor their strength in the documentary.

“Emanuel” will be featured at DOC NYC on November 14th and 15th.


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