Steph Curry Balls Out On The Court And In His First Powerful Documentary On Race And White Supremacy
By 102.9 KBLX Staff on January 26, 2019
Luvemesum Steph Curry. He doesn’t just ball out on the court! Steph Curry went down to Howard to premiere the documentary, Emanuel, about the 2015 murder of nine parishioners during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by 21-year-old Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. Curry was at the Mecca to premiere the documentary, Emanuel, the doleful story of the 2015 murder of nine parishioners during Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church by 21-year-old Dylann Roof in Charleston, S.C. The film—set for release in theaters June 17, the fourth anniversary of the shooting—is produced by Curry’s new production company, Unanimous Media, along with Viola Davis’ and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.The story is told from the perspective of the family members of the nine victims. USA Today reports that in one of the most powerful scenes of the new documentary Emanuel, Felicia Sanders described watching her son Tywanza, one of nine murdered on June 17, 2015 by Dylann Roof, take his last breath in the basement of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Emanuel is the first film produced, in part, by Steph Curry’s fledgling company, Unanimous Media. Hundreds, including many students, screened the film — through tears and gasps — Wednesday night at Howard University and listened to the NBA star explain afterward why he chose this story as his first foray into filmmaking.
Among countless examples of senseless violence and racism, Curry said he wanted to examine this particular story because he was drawn to and inspired by the message of hope and forgiveness that emerged from the Charleston shooting.
In the film, Felicia recounts, in agonizing detail, her 26-year-old son’s final moments: How Tywanza Sanders first tried to reason with Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist armed with a semiautomatic handgun. Tywanza told him he didn’t have to do this, that “we mean you no harm.”
It didn’t stop Roof. Felicia said she wanted to reach out and hold him, but she couldn’t move. She described how she had her 11-year-old granddaughter muzzled so tightly against her ribs she thought she suffocated her as they hid, both pretending to be dead.
Afterward in Howard’s Cramton Auditorium where the film was screened, Curry spoke about how religion allowed the victims and their families to move forward from the “truly heartbreaking” events.
“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.”