Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland


Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4:30pm
Tivoli Theatre

In 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old black woman from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. Three days later, Sandra was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Though ruled a suicide, her death sparked allegations of racially motivated police murder, and Sandra became a poster child for activists nationwide, leaving millions to ask the question: “What really happened to Sandra Bland?” Ten days after Sandra's death, filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner began working closely with the family's legal team, tracking what would become a two-year battle between Sandra's aggrieved family and Texas authorities. Featuring disturbing, never-before-told details about the case, the film is punctuated by Sandra’s own passionate and moving commentary through approximately 30 “Sandy Speaks” video blogs. Part legal thriller, part parable about race in America, “Say Her Name” takes viewers deep inside a story that galvanized activists across the country.

120 min.

Directed by

Kate Davis & David Heilbroner



Film Category

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Human Rights Policing/Criminal Justice


With co-directors Davis and Heilbroner and subjects Cannon Lambert Sr. and Shante Needham.

Sponsored by

Zeta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Film Website

Official Website