Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland

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Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland explores the death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. Dashcam footage revealing her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. The film team followed the two-year case beginning shortly after Bland's death, exploring the questions of what really happened to her, and what we may learn from her tragedy.

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  • Sandra Bland was a woman who thought deeply about broader issues of racial justice and offered plans to address them. It's unfortunate that this documentary could not do the same. Despite that, it is worth watching.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It keeps Bland's life and her commitment to fighting racial injustice front and center, ensuring she always remains a person rather than a glorified symbol.

    Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "Say Her Name" navigates a steady path between haters on one side and conspiracy nuts on the other; it's an angry movie that uses its inside voice.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • It's still hard to say, but the evidence of custodial neglect, incompetence and officials' spurious assumptions about Bland... gives the movie's depiction of the case a not-so-subtle air of racially charged malfeasance.

    Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of the most galvanizing episodes in this generation's civil rights struggle, the brutal arrest and question-raising death of activist Sandra Bland, is poignantly explored...

    May 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Certain moments either diminish the intellectual arguments at the core of the film or serve to further prove Bland was once here and now a specter looming over a never-ending, polarizing ongoing national conversation on racism and policing in America.

    Jun 6, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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