Mariska Hargitay's Follow Up to Emmy-Winning 'I Am Evidence': Documentary 'Emanuel' on 'Untold Story' of Charleston Church Shooting Victims and Survivors
Film executive produced by Viola Davis and Stephen Curry and directed by Brian Ivie opens in theaters October 11
Law and Order: SVU opens its 21st season on NBC tonight, a record for a television drama. The show's longevity owes much to the popularity of its star, Mariska Hargitay, who plays intense but empathetic cop Olivia Benson, an NYPD detective investigating "special victims" cases involving sexual assault.
The demands of the series don't afford Hargitay much time to pursue outside interests. Nonetheless, she has managed to become involved in several documentary projects. On Tuesday the HBO film she produced, I Am Evidence, about the alarming backlog of untested rape kits across the United States, won Best Documentary at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York. Her latest documentary, Emanuel, opens in New York October 11 and Los Angeles October 18 [the film becomes available on DVD and streaming platforms October 15].
Does Dylann Roof deserve to die for what he did? Yeah, for sure.
The film, executive produced by fellow actor Viola Davis and NBA star Stephen Curry, explores the shocking incident at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina in June 2015 when Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white supremacist, shot to death nine African-American members of the congregation who had gathered for a prayer service.
"It’s the story that rocked a city and a nation as it happened...and in the days that followed," notes a press release announcing the theatrical release. "Forty-eight hours [after the shooting], in the midst of unspeakable grief and suffering, the families of the Emanuel Nine stood in court facing the killer…and offered words of forgiveness. Their demonstration of grace ushered the way for hope and healing."
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on Deadline.com, CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and in Documentary magazine.