Feb. 22: Emanuel Documentary screening at UUCOB’s Cultural Crossroads Series

By on February 14, 2020


Emanuel Documentary Screening at UUCOB’s Cultural Crossroads Series

Saturday, February 22, 2019 7 p.m. 
831 Herbert Perry Rd on the corner of Kitty Hawk Rd., Kitty Hawk

The Cultural Crossroads series at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks continues in February with the documentary Emanuel (2019, Written and directed by Brian Ivie, 120 minutes) (not rated).  The screening is free and open to the public, and will take place Saturday February 22nd at 7:00 p.m.


On June 17th, 2015, a white supremacist walked into a Bible study and murdered nine African Americans. This documentary tells the stories of the victims and survivors of that night at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It shares a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness.

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old mass murderer, was found guilty of federal hate crimes in the killing of nine churchgoers, including the senior pastor, State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. Six weeks after his arrest, Roof wrote in a journal that “I would like to make it crystal clear, I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed.” The victims’ church opposes the death penalty on religious grounds, and following the verdict, the families of the victims expressed reactions ranging from an acceptance of the legal sentence to offers of forgiveness for Roof.

The documentary was released in spring of 2019. Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and NBA star athlete Steph Curry are executive producers of the film.

The Cultural Crossroads series seeks to promote cross-cultural awareness in the Outer Banks, and is a collaborative project with the North Carolina Humanities Council.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Outer Banks is located at the corner of Kitty Hawk and Herbert Perry Roads in Kitty Hawk. For more information visit www.uucob.org, or contact Gaye Morris, morrisgw54@gmail.com

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