The production studios of Stephen Curry and Viola Davis have signed on as executive producers of the upcoming documentary, Emanuel. Announced on Nov. 1, Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions will tell the story of June 17, 2015, the day 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine African Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Made in direct partnership with the city of Charleston and all 10 affected families, the Brian Ivie-directed film will feature intimate and exclusive interviews with survivors and the families of those who were lost.
“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.”
A story of justice and faith, love and hate, and the healing power of forgiveness, Emanuel remembers those who are no longer with us, and chronicles the lives of those who were left to grapple with this senseless act of hate.
“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 courage to love in the face of hate.”