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Emanuel (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 June 2019 (USA)
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On June 17th, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a bible study and murdered nine African Americans. This is the story of the victims and survivors of that night.

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Brian Ivie

Writer:

Brian Ivie
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Credited cast:
George Howard Adams ... Officer
Nadine Collier Nadine Collier ... Herself
Brien Gregorie Brien Gregorie ... Police Captain
Kyle Leatherberry ... Officer
Dylann Roof Dylann Roof ... Himself (archive footage)
Felicia Sanders Felicia Sanders ... Herself
Polly Sheppard Polly Sheppard ... Herself
Walter Strickland Walter Strickland ... Himself
Mark Williams ... Officer
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National headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL, from executive producers Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness. Marking the fourth anniversary, EMANUEL will be in movie theaters across the country for two nights only: June 17 and 19. Written by Arbella Studios

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USA

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English

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17 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Difficult--Important..
20 June 2019 | by greenhulk-62057See all my reviews

Emmanuel manages to tell a riveting, heartbreaking story, while successfully refraining from glorifying a killer. It is unfortunate how forgettable these tragedies can become, as society has to acclimate and recover from what seems like a new headline every month. Still, Ivie accomplished the impossible task of making the story about the victims only. Is the evil subject mentioned? Sure. But this documentary is not his documentary. This film gives the families of the fallen a chance to speak and let those distant from the tragedy have an idea of what they went through, and how large this problem truly was, and still is.

Even with a message to share, this piece is able to deliver it without preaching to the audience. Nothing feels heavy handed or over-explained. Ivie lays out the facts, then lets the viewer decide on their own what weight this issue carries. Although I left the theater with tears in my eyes, I also left with a feeling of empowerment and forgiveness -- something that was a focus of the film makers.


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