Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

While I Breathe, I Hope

Year: 2018
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 72 minutes

While I Breathe, I Hope
While I Breathe, I Hope
While I Breathe, I Hope
While I Breathe, I Hope

On February 8, 1968, during a peaceful Civil Rights demonstration on South Carolina’s State College campus, three black students were killed and 28 were wounded by South Carolina Highway Patrol officers. Activist Cleveland Sellers was one of the survivors of this tragedy and the only person to be convicted and jailed in the aftermath of what came to be known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Fifty years later, Cleveland’s son, Bakari Sellers, continues the fight for equality. As a child of the Civil Rights Movement, Sellers stands for the same ideals his father did, and he uses his family’s history as inspiration to campaign for change. WHILE I BREATHE, I HOPE follows this young black democratic candidate on his race for lieutenant governor of South Carolina. An intimate portrait documentary, this film not only captures the vision, optimism, and vitality of Bakari Sellers, but also the physical and emotional toll of running a political campaign, especially in a state where deep-rooted racism still exists today. —G.S.

CIFF43 Screenings

Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 6:35 PM

Monday, April 01, 2019 at 2:10 PM

African Diaspora
Race Relations

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Emily Harrold

Emily Harrold is a documentary filmmaker from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Her films have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, DOC NYC, and the Telluride Film Festival. She is a graduate of New York University, where she earned honors majoring in Film Production and U.S. History.

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