Q&A: Filmmaker Alice Diop mines darkness in ‘Saint Omer’ | lifestyle

In 2016, French documentary filmmaker Alice Diop made an unusual decision. She decided to travel to a city in northern France to watch the trial of Fabienne Kaba, a Senegalese woman who left her 15-month-old daughter to die on the beach one night in 2013.

Diop didn’t tell anyone she was going. She herself wasn’t quite sure. But what she witnessed in those few days would inspire her first feature film, “Holy Omer,” which opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

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