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  • UR
  • 1h 16m
  • 2019
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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, co-producer Mariska Hargitay, and director Brian Ivie (The Drop Box)-is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.
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Terrible suffering, violent vintage photos in potent docu.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Emanuel is a documentary about the 2015 shooting in a traditionally Black church in Charleston that left nine people dead. As you might guess, the film's tone is sad and dark, with many heartrending scenes of grief. Survivors of the shooting and other loved ones left behind are interviewed; many cry heartbreakingly over their loss. But their sadness drives home what a terrible act this was. Most of the violence surrounding the central event takes place off-screen (we don't see crime scene photos or any other documentation of the shooting itself), but there is real-life video of an unarmed man getting shot in the back by a police officer (he crumples to the ground, but we don't see blood or gore). Lynchings, riots, and shootings are also seen in period photos and news footage; again, blood and gore are absent or minimized. The Charleston shooter, Dylann Roof, is shown posing with Confederate flags and other White supremacy symbols and practicing shooting. Emanuel is too sad and intense for younger viewers, but sensitive teens may be able to take in the film's messages, particularly if parents watch along and talk afterward about the movie's messages. Themes of empathy and compassion are clear in the way survivors talk about Roof and pray for him.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:June 17, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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