Strong Island Reviews

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July 24, 2018
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
It's deceptively simple, but it does so much so well. It's heartbreaking by the end...It's just really, really powerful.
September 21, 2017
A view of systemic racism through a highly personal and artistic lens.
September 16, 2017
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 15, 2017
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
The doc is a demanding, wrenching watch; an important work, if not necessarily one you'd recommend to your friends.
May 2, 2019
One of the rare films to embrace the full literary possibilities of the cinematic medium, in which the images conjured inside the mind can be just as vivid as the ones seen by the naked eye.
March 17, 2019
I was speechless for a few hours after watching this compelling documentary about injustice and its effect. [Full review in Spanish].
October 30, 2018
Yance [uses] the contours of the memoir to finally give his brother the justice that he was denied all those years ago. Therein lies its undeniable power.
October 10, 2018
Strong Island becomes a steady stream of revelations perfectly timed to completely transform everything we have just learned.
July 24, 2018
Ford is so gifted at taking old photographs and interviews and making a movie that is always beautiful to look at.
March 23, 2018
Emotionally gripping.
February 14, 2018
Beautifully shot and full of subtle nuances, Strong Island is intriguing throughout.
February 9, 2018
An emotionally gut-wrenching film memoir.
February 3, 2018
A film about a systemic injustice that seems all the crueler for how vividly it depicts the personal effect of that injustice.
January 24, 2018
Yance Ford has directed a movie about the death of his brother that distills this kind of frustration into something heartbreaking, but that's what makes it a vital and powerful film.
January 24, 2018
Both a personal documentary and a profound meditation on race in America, Strong Island ... takes the viewer on a harrowing journey through crime and lack of punishment.
January 12, 2018
"Strong Island" is both confessional and confrontational.... Yance's storytelling style is particularly shrewd and compelling.
December 27, 2017
The open-ended conclusion to Strong Island represents an ongoing struggle and a wound that cannot possibly heal, but one that leaves a scar to be remembered, respected and ultimately never repeated.
November 7, 2017
Only a handful of autobiographical films rise beyond trivia or personal angst to be as powerful as Strong Island...finds context and meaning to tell larger American truth.
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