Strong Island

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Strong Island uses one family's heartbreaking tragedy to offer a sobering picture of racial injustice in modern America.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Strong Island

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (48)

  • Ford's building blocks are familiar, but this is no call-to-action film or how-to guide for getting answers and moving on.

    July 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's deceptively simple, but it does so much so well. It's heartbreaking by the end...It's just really, really powerful.

    July 24, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…
  • A view of systemic racism through a highly personal and artistic lens.

    September 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • Strong builds a poignant, methodical portrait of loss. Telling William's story won't bring him back, but at least it will let the world know he lived.

    September 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.

    September 15, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The doc is a demanding, wrenching watch; an important work, if not necessarily one you'd recommend to your friends.

    September 15, 2017 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

    TheWrap
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  • Mar 15, 2018
    By structuring this film as an intimate exploration of the pain and personal suffering that a family was forced to go through following a horrific tragedy, Ford creates a poignant and heartbreaking documentary that exposes the injustices of a racist society and justice system.
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