HOUSTON – A documentary that focuses on the 2015 death of Sandra Bland after a confrontation with law enforcement in Waller County premieres on HBO on Monday.
Bland, 28, was found hanged in a jail cell on July 13 after being arrested during a traffic stop. Her death was ruled a suicide.
In the months that followed, Bland’s story grabbed national headlines as protesters decried her arrest and disputed the circumstances of her death.
The film, directed by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, borrows on the hashtag used to bring awareness to the case for its title. “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” uses nearly 30 video blogs posted by Bland on social media, where she addresses topics like racism, inequality and police brutality.
“Via these videos, Sandy herself emerges as a central voice in 'Say Her Name' -- an empowered, enlightened woman of color whose sharp, humorous, charismatic remarks address subjects from educating kids about black history to police brutality to the importance of natural hair,” read a description of the documentary on HBO’s website.
The 1-hour-43-minute film airs at 9 p.m., and will be available on demand starting Tuesday.