June 17 and June 19 will forever be days to remember. Four summers ago, Dylann Roof entered Emanuel AME Church as its members were having Bible study and wreaked havoc when they closed their eyes to pray. Just two days later, the families of those affected appeared in court to face the killer and to many’s surprise, let him know he was forgiven.
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As the anniversaries of the Charleston church shooting and Dylann Roof’s first appearance in court approaches, so does a new Emanuel documentary that sheds light on the history of race relations in Charleston, what was significant about the church and how it bounced back from tragedy.
For now, Emanuel— which was executive produced by Viola Davis and NBA champ Stephen Curry, co-produced by Mariska Hargitay and directed by Brian Ivie — will only be available in theaters on June 17 and June 19 on the days that it all happened “in hopes that people would come together in a lasting way,” according to Ivie.
“I hope what people walk away with is a greater empathy, a greater desire to draw near to those who are wounded, you know, speaking as a white guy into a tragedy, I still don’t fully understand. I never will,” he said in our exclusive sit-down. “I will never have that perspective. It’s a wound that cuts too deep. My hope is that White Americans will learn to listen better, will learn that this is still something where a lot of healing is required and a lot of equity is required. And then from a spiritual side, I hope people see that God is real and he is with us in our suffering.”
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Watch above as Brian Ivie further discusses how he teamed up with Curry’s production team, what it was like working with the families affected by the 2015 Charleston church mass shooting, what he learned about the faith of those it impacted and how his faith in God carried him through the process of helping retell the devastating and emotional story.
For more info, visit https://www.fathomevents.com/event/emanuel-2019.
20 Pictures That Show The Powerful Resilience Of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel AME Church
1. Mother Emanuel AME Church held its first service since the shooting death of nine African-American church members on June 17.Source:false 1 of 20
2. People line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 2 of 20
3. Two children wait to enter the Emanuel AME Church June 21, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:false 3 of 20
4. A member of the church is seen outside of Emanuel AME before its first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:false 4 of 20
5. A Charleston County sheriff’s deputy checks bags as people line up to enter for Sunday service at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 5 of 20
6. Gloria Moore watches the church as parishioners take their seats at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 6 of 20
7. A woman prays as she attends the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 7 of 20
8. People pray and listen to the Sunday service outside of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:false 8 of 20
9. Parishioners sit at Emanuel AME Church four days after a mass shooting that claimed the lives of its pastor and eight others.Source:false 9 of 20
10. The Rev. Norvel Goff, right, prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney.Source:false 10 of 20
11. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., embraces U.S. Sen Tim Scott, R-S.C., at Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 11 of 20
12. A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney at the Emanuel AME Church.Source:false 12 of 20
13. The congregation departs following Sunday services at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Source:false 13 of 20
14. A family is seen leaving Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:false 14 of 20
15. People embrace as they depart the Emanuel AME Church following Sunday services.Source:false 15 of 20
16. Church members comfort one another after Emanuel’s first service since the Charleston shooting.Source:false 16 of 20
17. Church members comfort one another outside of Emanuel.Source:false 17 of 20
18. A mother and son surround a memorial for the nine church members killed during the Charleston shooting.Source:false 18 of 20
19. Charleston natives comfort each other during the church’s first service since the shooting on June 17.Source:false 19 of 20
20. Activist DeRay McKesson is seen outside of Emanuel AME church.Source:false 20 of 20
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