UPIKE Film and Media Arts to host screening for While I Breathe, I Hope as part of Southern Circuit Film Series

The University of Pikeville Film and Media Arts program is proud to host a screening of the documentary film While I Breathe, I Hopewith the film’s director, Emily Harrold. The documentary profiles outspoken and charismatic Bakari Sellers, once one of the youngest members of the South Carolina House of Representatives. The free event will be on Wednesday, November 20, at 6 p.m. in Booth Auditorium. 

The film follows Sellers, who ran for South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2014 in what would be an unsuccessful run. 

Shortly after the election, he was devastated by the Charleston church massacre where his friend and pastor, Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney, was killed. Sellers rose up as a spokesperson for the community while also trying to unravel and understand the strained race relations of his beloved state. Through his work as an attorney, media personality, activist, and speaker, Sellers continues to spread the message, “Stand up for progress. Stand up for justice. And stand up if you know like I know that we’re stronger together!” 

“Growing up in a household where history was common discussion at the dinner table, I learned from a young age about race relations in the American South—and in my hometown and home state in particular,” said film director Harrold. “In 2014, I had been following Bakari’s lieutenant governor race from afar, with piqued interest … film has the power to take audiences to places they’d never go and introduce them to people they would never meet. And Bakari is someone I believe our country—our world—needs to meet.” 

The event at UPIKE is made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of the best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

About South Arts 

South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.