Location: Redstone Theater
With Yance Ford in person
Dir. Yance Ford. 2017, 103 mins, DCP. Winner of the 2017 Gotham Award for Best Documentary and the Sundance Jury Prize for Directing, Strong Island examines the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother 25 years ago, and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free. Ford leads us through the events that continue to haunt him and his family—in their hometown of Central Islip, Long Island, William Ford, Jr., a black man, was slain by a white man—while also challenging viewers’ prejudices and inclinations toward reconciliation and easy meaning. Deeply personal and formally ingenious, Strong Island makes for one of the more involving and unshakable movie experiences of the year.
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