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Stars get behind Charleston church shooting documentary

TEAMING UP: Stephen Curry and Viola Davis

VIOLA DAVIS and Stephen Curry have signed on as executive producers of a documentary about the 2015 mass murder of black churchgoers by a white supremacist, Variety reports.

The NBA player's production company Unanimous Media and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions join as executive producers of the film alongside Dane Smith, David Segel and Tina Segel.

The doc, entitled Emanuel will document the events of June 17, 2015, when 21-year-old Dylann Roof walked into a bible-study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., and shot and killed nine African-Americans during their closing prayer.

Directed by Brian Ivie, the documentary is produced by John Shepherd, Mike Wildt and Dimas Salaberrios.

According to Variety, Emanuel was made in direct partnership with the city of Charleston and all 10 affected families, featuring interviews with survivors and family members.

In a statement, Curry said: "Emanuel is an incredibly powerful film and we’re honoured 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.”

Director Brian Ivie said: “I could not have asked for better partners than Stephen, Viola, and their teams to represent this story, and more importantly, these families, and their strong faith, to the world. We are beyond grateful.”

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