While I Breathe, I Hope

  • 9 10
  • 2018
  • 71min
While I Breathe, I Hope
  • Original Title: While I Breathe, I Hope (2018)

This documentary follows the difficult path of African-American politician Bakari Sellers in his quest to become the first black lieutenant governor to be elected in South Carolina since 1876.

While I Breathe, I Hope

AWARDS: Winner. Indie Grits

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Doc NY/ New Orleans Film Festival/ Hot Springs Documentary Festival


While I Breathe, I Hope. Being black and democrat in the American South

When he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2005, Bakari Sellers became the youngest African-American elected official in US history. 

In this documentary the charismatic Democrat sets his sights on becoming the state’s lieutenant governor, a role not held by an African American since 1876. 

Filmmaker Emily Harrold offers an eye-opening look at the legacy of racism in American politics as she follows Sellers through his campaign and beyond, including the tragic shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME church.

Production Companies

Lynnwood Pictures

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