Steph Curry’s First Film Project Examines Aftermath of Charleston Church Shooting

"Emanuel" looks at the fallout after nine died at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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The first film from Steph Curry’s film compan, Unanimous Media, is a documentary on the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and its aftermath.

Curry, who is an executive producer of the project along with Viola Davis, has said he was drawn to Emanuel because he wanted to examine the messages of hope and forgiveness that emerged in the wake of the shooting that left nine African-American churchgoers dead.

Following a screening of the film at Howard’s Cramton Auditorium earlier this week, Curry spoke about the role religion played in aiding victims and their families.

“Faith and forgiveness permeated the families’ response to this tragedy,” he said. “For me specifically, it’s so hard to try to put yourself in their shoes and to empathize with what they’re going through, but it’s so inspiring the way they handled it. … They chose forgiveness, they chose faith and they chose to support each other and the community coming around. And so that alone speaks volumes for humanity and the hope for humanity.”

The Golden State star also said he would like to find an alternative to the death sentence that was handed down to the Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof.

“In terms of what I believe in humanity and the redeeming qualities of my Lord and savior and what that means for somebody who would do the worst of the worst, nothing is impossible for them,” Curry said. “So I think that can live out through not putting somebody to death.”

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