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Bakari Sellers film on racism in politics, Charleston shooting, to premiere in Columbia

SC Rep. Bakari Sellers chats before the South Carolina Democratic Party 2015 Dem Weekend at the Columbia Convention Center. A new documentary of which Sellers is the subject, “While I Breathe, I Hope,” examines the role of racism in American politics while following Sellers, a Democrat, through his run for lieutenant governor and subsequent career as a CNN analyst, and through the 2015 Charleston church massacre and ensuing Confederate flag debate.
SC Rep. Bakari Sellers chats before the South Carolina Democratic Party 2015 Dem Weekend at the Columbia Convention Center. A new documentary of which Sellers is the subject, “While I Breathe, I Hope,” examines the role of racism in American politics while following Sellers, a Democrat, through his run for lieutenant governor and subsequent career as a CNN analyst, and through the 2015 Charleston church massacre and ensuing Confederate flag debate. online@thestate.com

A new documentary about former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers that looks at racism in America — including in the Charleston church massacre and ensuing Confederate flag debate — will have its South Carolina premiere in Columbia.

The film, titled “While I Breathe, I Hope” after the state motto, follows Sellers’ unsuccessful 2014 run for lieutenant governor and his career as an analyst on CNN. It examines the legacy of racism in American politics, and follows Sellers through the 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church that left nine black parishioners dead and the ensuing debate that saw the Confederate battle flag removed from the S.C. State House grounds.

The film premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival last month and will have its Palmetto State premiere at The Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia on Nov. 27.

The premiere, put on with Indie Grits Labs, will include a post-show discussion with Sellers and filmmaker Emily Harrold.

Tickets are $8 for Nickoldeon members and $11 for non-members.

For more information, visit www.indiegrits.org.

Addressing the crowd Thursday at the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce 21st annual State of the Region luncheon, Bakari Sellers capped off his speech with his prayer for the country. The CNN analyst and former South Carolina Represen

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