Strong Island Reviews

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'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.
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.
October 27, 2017
t's a slightly unfocused work... but its rawness is part of its strength.
October 11, 2017
Strong Island is so supreme in its presentation that it immediately grabs your attention and never lets go. You simply can't stop watching, listening, empathizing.
September 24, 2017
One of the most poignant and intimate documentaries I've ever seen. This compelling personal story also takes on institutional racism and the justice system in a way that can't be ignored.
September 22, 2017
The film's central murder carries a potent political subtext about the black experience of the criminal justice system in America, but, more than that, this is a film about loss and irrepressible grief.