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.
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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.