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BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - San Antonio Black International Film Festival | THE PEOPLE'S GRIT - Indie Grits Film Festival | AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE DOC - New Orleans Film FestivalAfrican 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 KinneyWhat 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.