• Strong Island (2017)

Strong Island

Release Date: September 15th, 2017

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 47 min

Plot Summary

When filmmaker Yance Ford investigates the 1992 murder of a young black man, it becomes an achingly personal journey since the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker's brother.

Director: Yance Ford

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Final Cut for Real, Louverture Films

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    David RooneyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Solemn, searching and at times even poetic in its indignation, this is a sensitively crafted contemplation of corrosive grief, even if the unanswerable questions surrounding the case keep the film somewhat emotionally muted. show more

  • 90
    David D'ArcyScreen International

    This documentary reminds us that justice can be as elusive in the US suburbs as anywhere else, and that having guns keeps people who are born different from getting too close. show more

  • 70
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    Even when Ford strongly foreshadows future revelations, Strong Island holds narrative jolts, many fueled by shocks of betrayal. In losing William, the family also lost their faith in their country, their community, and in themselves. show more

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Nominated Documentary (Feature)