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Capitol Riots Movie

On January 6th 2021 a riot and violent attack against the United States Congress occurred at the U.S. Capitol building. The entire Capitol complex as well as the historic grounds of the Lincoln memorial and Washington monument was locked down while rioters occupied and vandalized the building for several hours. Five people died and more than 140 were injured.

Before the dust had settled and with strict city wide curfews still enforced throughout the city, a small team of investigative reporters led by visionary filmmaker Ralph Celestin took to the streets engaging the community and speaking with individuals present at the time of the riots to get their take on what happened, what impact Jan 6th will have on the country and what should come next. Here is what they had to say...

  • Ralph Celestin
    Boston to Philly
  • Ralph A Celestin
  • Ralph A Celestin
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Political, Social Issues, Current Events
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 7, 2021
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Ralph Celestin

Ralph A. Celestin is an award winning filmmaker most notably recognized for his directorial debut project Boston to Philly and his critically acclaimed films; NBC's feature documentary The Climate Project: Your Role, Your Impact and the first ever Haitian Creole stand up special available on Prime Video Nou Chaje ak Pwoblèm. Ralph's films have screened throughout the entire globe in various highly competitive and noteworthy film festivals such as the PanAfrican Cannes festival in France, the San Francisco Black Film festival and the Roxbury International Film Festival where Ralph received the Kay Bourne Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Ralph has emerged as the east coast’s premiere filmmaker and has positioned himself to truly launch into the next level among Hollywood elites.

Known by many as an artist and a visionary, Ralph A. has made it a life mission to constantly strive to express himself through multiple different platforms of which he holds value towards. Many of his works date back to a very young age, first receiving national recognition among the writing community after two poems published in the Young Poets Anthropology, 2006, a publication dedicated to nurturing the beauty, self expression and fun of poetry in young writers.

Ralph with his own very different perspective on how he approaches life and art, whether its film, photography or writing, constantly strives to build a platform where he can display his unique style and passions so that his work can be viewed by the world as both a personal statement and a work of art.

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Director Statement

The COVID-19 pandemic was still at a fever pitch when the #CapitolRiots occurred. There was a strict curfew enforced by the Mayor of DC, a heavy threat of more attacks and civil unrest in the city...but nothing was going to stop me from filming this documentary and making the voices of the people at ground-zero heard and their genuine emotions felt. With this project I aim to inspire, evoke strong emotions and spark social commentary on crucial topics that can help push forward the culture in a positive direction.