April 4, 2019

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On April 4th the March on Washington Film Festival and NYU Washington, DC co-sponsored a screening and panel discussion of While I Breathe, I Hope – a documentary following South Carolina politician Bakari Sellers through his campaign, offering an eye-opening look at what it means to be young, black, and a Democrat in the American South.

Follow Sellers on his 2014 bid for lieutenant governor, through the 2015 Charleston massacre, and to the present, as he takes on a national role on CNN. Through his experiences, this film offers audiences a window into the legacy of race in politics in the United States and serves as an inspiration to young leaders and change makers of today.

Symone Sanders, CNN Political Commentator and Senior Advisor for Political Outreach and Communications at Priorities USA, joined Bakari Sellers in a discussion that followed the film. Emily Harrold, Producer of While I Breathe, I Hope, George Hornedo, Senior Policy Advisor, Let America Vote, and Broderick Johnson, Producer, March on Washington Film Festival, gave introductions before the film.


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Emily Harrold

Emily Harrold

Symone Sanders

Symone Sanders

Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers

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The March on Washington Film Festival was founded in 2013 in Washington, DC to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The inaugural festival attracted over 1,000 attendees to ten events over the span of two weeks at venues across Washington DC. The flagship festival is held every July in Washington, DC and serves as a national platform to tell, celebrate, and increase awareness of the untold events and heroes, known and unsung, of the Civil Rights Movement. The Festival uses film screenings as a platform for panel discussions featuring filmmakers, academics, and activists and brings together an audience that is diverse in age, class, and ethnicity. The March on Washington Film Festival is proud to continue our efforts in providing unique platforms for our student and emerging filmmakers who compete during our annual film festival.