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Screening of SCETV's 'Downing of a Flag' documentary slated for tonight

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Screening of SCETV's 'Downing of a Flag' documentary slated for tonight. (Facebook:{ }Sottile Theatre)

South Carolina ETV (SCETV) and the ETV Endowment of South Carolina will host a screening of a two-part film titled "Downing of a Flag" Tuesday evening.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

"The film traces the Confederate flag’s controversial relationship with the Palmetto State, the South and the nation, exploring its true meaning and how a racially motivated 2015 church shooting, which killed State Senator Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight black parishioners, served as the catalyst for the flag’s long-debated removal," SCETV said in a statement.

Speakers are the screening will include former Mayor of Charleston, Joseph P. Riley Jr., and S.C. Public Radio's Victoria Hansen. Panelists will include S.C. State Representative and a producer of the film, Terry Alexander; the Post and Courier's Jennifer Berry Hawes; and CNN contributor and former S.C. State Representative, Bakari Sellers.

Tickets are free of charge but need to be reserved at https://bit.ly/downingflagchs.

The documentary is a two-part film co-production between SCETV, Strategic Films and Susie Films.

“A key component of our mission at SCETV is to facilitate important discussions around issues facing our state and its communities. Throughout much of the last two centuries, no issue has caused as much debate as the use and meaning of the Confederate Battle flag. It is my hope that viewers – both here in the Palmetto State and beyond – will tune in, hear the various perspectives offered and gain a better understanding of the lives and experiences of our fellow Americans," SCETV President and CEO Anthony Padgett said in a prepared statement.

The screening is one of several planned for the documentary which is scheduled to premiere locally on SCETV on July 22 and 29 at 9 p.m. It will also be distributed nationally on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

For more information and a list of other scheduled screenings, visit SCETV.org.