Black Life: Saint Omer

  • Introduction

    ruth gebreyesus, a writer and producer based in the Bay Area, is currently the cocurator of Black Life. 


Kayije Kagame, Guslagie Malanda, Valérie Dréville,

Black Life is thrilled to present Saint Omer, Alice Diop’s 2022 film starring Kayije Kagame and Guslagie Malanda. Diop’s first venture into narrative after more than a decade of documentary filmmaking, Saint Omer follows a young novelist, Rama (Kagame), who is observing the trial of Laurence Coly (Malanda), a woman accused of murdering her fifteen-month-old child in northern France. Based on a real-life 2016 trial in the French town the film borrows its title from, Diop’s haunting retelling is nuanced and charged with provocations about motherhood, immigration, and abandonment. 

—ruth gebreyesus

Black Life Film Program Sponsor: Julie Simpson

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  • Alice Diop
  • Amrita David
  • Claire Mathon
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 122 mins
  • NEON