Official Trailer for Yance Ford's Personal Documentary 'Strong Island'

August 22, 2017
Source: YouTube

Strong Island Doc Trailer

"The police had turned my brother into the prime suspect in his own murder." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for Yance Ford's powerful, personal documentary Strong Island, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won a Special Jury Prize for Storytelling there, and went on to play at numerous other festivals throughout the world. Strong Island is a unique documentary, where the story is not only being told by the filmmaker, but is about the filmmaker, who is expressing his anger and pent-up frustration about the murder of his brother. "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." If you're a fan of innovative, challenging documentaries this is a must watch. Get a glimpse below.

Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Yance Ford's documentary Strong Island, direct from YouTube:

Strong Island Documentary Poster

In April 1992, on Long Island NY, William Jr., the Ford's eldest child, a black 24 year-old teacher, was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19 year-old mechanic. Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder. Director Yance Ford chronicles the arc of his 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 racism in America. Strong Island is directed by Yance Ford, a producer making his directorial debut. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won a Special Jury Prize for Storytelling. Netflix opens Strong Island in select theaters + streaming on September 15th.

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


What an odd story. Doesn't seem uncommon though.

Carpola on Aug 23, 2017


Powerful. Looks extremely moving.

DAVIDPD on Aug 23, 2017


It is incredible to live in 21st century society and have such cases. And yet, those things are widespread over the world, people can still kill others and nobody is willing to do what's necessary for resolving it..

shiboleth on Aug 23, 2017


Excellent documentary, thoroughly enjoyed your story Yance, thank you for sharing. My apologies for your family's injustice, losing your brother William. I cannot fathom coping with the injustice that led to your brother's passing and loss of both of your parents. I hope you are okay. Regards, Katharine

Kat Sinnock on Sep 23, 2017

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