Charleston Church Shooting Was ‘Like a Family Tragedy’ for Stephen Curry

The Golden State Warriors lost the chance to win this year’s title, and Stephen Curry was part of the weaker squad. Curry’s production company, Unanimous Media has released a new documentary film based on the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

“Emanuel” 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.”

Curry grew up in Charlotte which is about 200 miles from Charleston. His father played with the Charlotte Hornets, so you see the connection.

“Emanuel” 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 communities.

“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.

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