ELKHART — A documentary about the shooting at a Charleston church that left nine people dead will be shown in Elkhart on the fourth anniversary of the attack.
“Emanuel” tells the story of the white supremacist who opened fire at a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, 2015, killing nine church members. It features interviews with friends and relatives of the Emanuel Nine, and shares the words of forgiveness they offered the 21-year-old killer in court.
The film was directed by Brian Ivie, with actress Viola Davis and NBA player Stephen Curry as executive producers. Proceeds from the film will be shared with the survivors of the shooting and the victims’ families, said the Rev. Karen Cross with St. James AME in Elkhart.
She said a lot of members of her church planned to attend the Monday night showing in Elkhart, one of the locations chosen for the limited theatrical release.
“Emanuel is one of our sister churches,” she said. “AME churches are part of the same connection worldwide.”
The film will be shown again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at AMC Classic 14, 2701 Cassopolis St.
Curry has been outspoken about his Christian faith, and Cross said he had been looking for positive stories to tell after starting his own production company, Unanimous Media, with Jeron Smith.
“They chose to tell this story first because it has the theme of faith and forgiveness,” Cross said.