STRONG ISLAND

DIRECTOR: Yance Ford

In 1992, filmmaker Yance Ford’s brother William was shot and killed by a 19-year-old white mechanic after a common complaint about a car repair spiraled violently out of control. The mechanic claimed he fired in self-defense, and though William was unarmed, he quickly became the prime suspect in his own death. When an all-white grand jury set the shooter free, Yance’s family retreated into a silent fury. Twenty years later, Strong Island invents a startling cinematic language to penetrate this devastating collision of paralysis, grief, fear, racism, and injustice.

As much as it is an outward-facing investigation of William’s case, this film is a radically intimate, lovingly layered inquiry into the emotional valences and internal geometries of the Ford family and their loss. Exacting aesthetic choices transport us directly into Yance and his mother’s subjective experience, acknowledging the painful reality that some things will always be elusive and unknowable. Strong Island dismantles and reimagines the wreckage left in the wake of William’s murder, bringing us as close as art can come to the blistering truth.

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PRODUCTION FACTS

Duration: 107 mins
Premiere: 2017 (Sundance Film Festival)

Director: Yance Ford
Producers: Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes
Co-producer: Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cinematography: Alan Jacobsen
Editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen
Executive Producers: Danny Glover, Susan Rockefeller, Bertha Foundation, Michel Merkt, Laura Poitras
Executive Producers for POV: Simon Kilmurry, Chris White, Justine Nagan
Co-executive Producer for POV: Cynthia López
Sound Mixer: Tony Volante
Sound Editor: Dan Timmons
Original Music:Hildur Gudnadottír & Craig Sutherland
Editor: Shannon Kennedy

Supported by;
Danish Film Institute, film consultant Cecilia Lidin
DR K Denmark, Editor Flemming Hedegaard Larsen

Produced by; Yanceville Films & Louverture Films
In co-production with Final Cut for Real, American Documentary - POV
In association with JustFilms - Ford Foundation, Chicken & Egg Pictures

FESTIVALS

WORLD PREMIERE: Sundance Film Festival 2017 - US competition
Berlin Film Festival 2017 - Panorama Dokumente

AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival 2017 -  U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Storytelling

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