sources: MV Times
published: 3 August 2018
“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” is gripping, a shocking documentary that tells us many things, the most important of which may be that this ain’t over, it’s just beginning.
If you were among the standing-room-only crowd at the M.V. Film Center at Thursday’s pre-screening, you know that, too.
What America now knows, thanks to bystander video and ensuing news coverage, is that Sandra Bland was 28, black, and on her way to buy groceries on Friday afternoon, July 10, 2015 in Hempstead, Texas, when second-year Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia pulled her over for a turn-signal violation that went bad.
His dashcam video and a bystander’s video of her manhandling and arrest on July 10, 2015 went viral. Three days later, Bland was found dead by hanging in her cell at the Waller County lockup in Hempstead.
Ten days after her death, Oscar-winning documentary filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, longtime seasonal Island residents, got a call from the HBO network asking if they would do a documentary about the Bland case.