WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE
what it means to be young, Black, and Democrat in the American South

WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Educational Media Reviews Online | BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - San Antonio Black International Film Festival | THE PEOPLE'S GRIT - Indie Grits Film Festival

African American Studies • American South • U.S. History • Civil Rights • Political Science • Democracy + Social Movements • Ethnic Studies

Date of Completion: 2018 | Run Time: 53 & 72 minutes​​ | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript Director & Producer: Emily Harrold Producers: Lauren Franklin, Diane Robertson & Xuan Vu | Executive Producers: Marco Williams, Jedd Canty, Charlamagne Tha God & Karen Kinney

What does it mean to be young, Black, and a Democrat in the American South? WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE follows South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers as he runs to become the first African American candidate elected statewide in over a century. The film begins by following Sellers as he makes his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston Shootings, and during the removal of the Confederate flag in 2015. Through his experiences, this timely film offers audiences a window into the legacy of race in politics in the United States today.

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO) | Gisèle Tanasse, Librarian, University of California Berkeley
"The film is highly recommended for use in history, political science, civics and government, as well as ethnic studies and American studies courses. The flag removal portion in particular would prove a good addition for courses addressing monument removal. However, its greatest strength is as an engaging portrait of a politician and community organizer who, despite losses of life--stolen through racist violence--and losses in politics--at the hands of racist voters--persists to find success wherever he can, remaining true to his 'duty to continue,' for 'Dem Spiro, Spero.'"