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Examining the violent death of the filmmaker's brother and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free, this documentary interrogates murderous fear and racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe's wake, challenging us to change.
Actors: N/A
Genre: Documentary
Director: Yance Ford
Yance Ford
Yance Ford
Release: 2017
IMDb: 6.4
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Duration: 107 min
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Film Experience
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March 14, 2017

Slyly edited in a way that plays with timelines and repetitions, while also allowing her interview subjects to occasionally veer on tangents, Ford's film is something much more intimate than just mere memoir of cinematic vigil.
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Village Voice
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September 13, 2017

Courageous, intimate, heart-rending ...
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Slant Magazine
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March 10, 2017

The film builds, out of an outlet for discussing the tragedy of one family, into an emotionally, intellectually, and aesthetically complex work of essay and memoir.
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Village Voice
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January 30, 2017

Truly special, especially as it moves towards its final act, in which Yance begins to wonder about his own actions before William Jr.'s death, and how they might have contributed to the situation.
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The Ringer
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September 12, 2017

The pain of Will's death is very much present, still, and Strong Island-one of the best films of the year-is an attempt to harness it.
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Financial Times
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September 14, 2017

If the excerpts from the diary leading up to his death don't break your heart, you probably haven't got one.
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New York Times
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September 14, 2017

This potent film gives equal weight to complex emotions as well as bare facts. In the same way, it's not just the story of a man's death, but also a study of the aftermath.
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New Yorker
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March 13, 2017

Ford is more than a witness-he is a crucial participant in the events of the film, and its elements of pain and guilt are reflected in his grief-stricken, self-interrogating aesthetic.
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Black Girl Nerds
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September 13, 2017

It's clear that the filmmaker wants you to feel the same kind of hurt and anger he feels as more information unfolds about William Ford Jr.'s death.
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AV Club
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September 13, 2017

What's valuable here, in addition to Ford's visual mastery, is the wealth of context that he provides.
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The Playlist
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September 14, 2017

This is cinematic intimacy in the best manner for the worst of all reasons.
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Variety
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February 04, 2017

Ford's intent as a filmmaker isn't just to expose and protest the injustice of his brother's murder. It's to say: Behold what was lost. A life. A human being. A complex soul. A family's equilibrium. Feel what was lost.
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