“Emanuel” (Arbella)

This is a scene from the documentary "Emanuel." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service

Chronicling the events of June 17, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study being conducted at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this moving documentary celebrates the lives of the victims as well as the love and forgiveness demonstrated by the survivors and family members toward the perpetrator.

Filmmaker Brian Ivie focuses not on the racial hatred that motivated the shootings, but on the faith-filled response of the people most affected by the tragedy. The movie gives hope that acts of love and forgiveness can pave the way for peace and justice.

Some disturbing themes. The Catholic News Service classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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