The death of Sandra Bland, a politically active 28-year-old African American, galvanized activists across the country. After being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town in 2015, Bland was found hanging in her cell three days later. Dashcam footage of her arrest went viral, leading to national protests. This new documentary follows the two-year case that followed, exploring questions of what really happened—and what we may learn from her tragedy. (2018, dir. Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, 103 min.)
A multimedia performance imagines the lives that mothers, daughters, and sisters, may have led had they not been cut short by violence. Combining music, drama, and spoken word, performers from the New York theater group Girls Be Heard celebrate the beauty, complexity, and even everyday normalcy of the victims’ lives. Based on interviews with family and friends of the victims of racist violence, this performance bears witness to, and demands justice for, black women and girls.