shares the story of June 17, 2015. Dylann Roof walked into a bible study at the
church and shot nine African Americans during their closing prayer.
The film made theaters at the four-year anniversary of the shooting. It contains intimate interviews with shooting survivors and family members involved in the attack.
“I think for Steph and Viola
both, this was like a family tragedy,” Brian Ivie, who co-directed the film
with Unanimous Media CEO Jeron Smith, told TheWrap. “The victims were almost
like familiar faces from growing up in church. This was a way of giving back
and making sure the world didn’t forget. For Steph specifically, I know that
his faith is also what drew him to the story.”
grew up in Charlotte which is about 200 miles from Charleston. His father
played with the Charlotte Hornets, so you see the connection.
eas a true inspiration for Justin Timberlake, Halle
Berry, SZA, Charlize Theron, Mahershala Ali, Lena Waithe and Gabrielle Union. They
bought out theaters
around the country and donated the tickets to local organizations and
“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.”
“We, along with the country,
grieved each family’s loss,” said Viola
Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions. “Yet, miraculously, from this
devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found
courage to love in the face of hate.”
This documentary will tell the terrible story of mass
shootings that have become part of our every day life. Too many people lose
their lifes, and shooters go after kids, too.