Viola Davis and Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry have signed on as executive producers of Emanuel, a documentary based on the 2015 mass shooting carried out by Dylann Roof at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Variety reports. The doc has already been screened at the Bentonville Film Festival, and the Heartland International Film Festival where it won the jury prize award for documentary, and the audience-award winner, respectively.
The people behind Emanuel have been looking for a distribution partner, and ended up finding two in Curry and Davis, who will executive produce the documentary through their respective production companies.
"June 17, 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism,” Davis, along with Julius Tennon, said in a statement. "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."
"'Emanuel' is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers," Curry said in a statement. "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 doc will include interviews with survivors and family members who were forced to come to terms with such a heinous act of violence while revealing how a moment so tragic was still able to bring a community together. Emanuel's producers describe the film as "a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness."