Basketball superstar and burgeoning Hollywood executive Steph Curry and actress Viola Davis are teaming up for new project. The pair is working through Curry’s new movie company Unanimous and Davis’ JuVee Productions to produce a documentary about the 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, where white gunman killed nine African-Americans after joining them for a Bible study.
The film is called Emanuel, named in honor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the shooting took place.
In a statement, Curry said, “Emanuel is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honored to come on board as executive producers. The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness. Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”
Davis added, “June 17, 2015 served as a stark reminder of the power of racism. That evening, a routine bible study at Emanuel Church was a soft target based solely on the racial profile of the congregation. We, along with the country, grieved each family’s loss. Yet, miraculously, from this devastation we witnessed tremendous benchmarks of humanity. The survivors found courage to love in the face of hate. JuVee is proud to be a part of this healing and truth telling along with Unanimous Media, Brian Ivie and John Shepherd.”