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Charleston Church Documentary ‘Emanuel’ Opens Soon in N.Y.C. & L.A.


Opening soon in N.Y.C. and L.A., “Emanuel” is a timely documentary looking at the aftermath of the Charleston Church shooting. The film is directed by Brian Ivie (“The Drop Box”). The documentary powerfully weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath.

After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the Emanuel AME Church, nine African Americans lay dead—leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror.

Forty-eight hours later, in the midst of unspeakable grief and suffering, the families of the Emanuel Nine stood in court facing the killer … and offered words of forgiveness. Their demonstration of grace ushered the way for hope and healing across a city and the nation.

emanuel imageThe film won the award for Best Documentary at the 2018 Bentonville Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2018 Heartland Film Festival. It was an official selection at the 2018 DocNYC Festival. The documentary features intimate interviews with survivors and family members as it depicts the lasting pain and the healing power of forgiveness.

“Emanuel” is executive produced by NBA player Stephen Curry and Academy Award winner Viola Davis (“Fences”). It is co-produced by Mariska Hargitay. It is produced by Arbella Studios, in association with Juvee Productions and Unanimous Media. Other producers behind the documentary include Julius Tennon, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton, Dane Smith, David Segel, and Tina Segel.

It releases in limited theaters October 11 in N.Y.C. in Village East and in L.A. October 18 at Laemmle Music Hall. Check out the trailer below.

Will you be catching “Emanuel” in theaters? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.


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