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Directed by Yance Ford
107 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
Strong Island chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle-class suburbs to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, STRONG ISLAND asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice.
Nominee: Best Documentary Feature–2018 Academy Award; Winner: Special Jury Award U.S. Documentary–2017 Sundance Film Festival, Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award–2017 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; Official Selection: 2017 Berlin Film Festival, 2017 True/False Film Festival, 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival