Strong Island
Strong Island (2017)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 15, 2017
DVD Release Date: September 15, 2017
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

Strong builds a poignant, methodical portrait of loss. Telling William's story won't bring him back, but at least it will let the world know he lived.

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Ken Jaworowski
New York Times

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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Nijla Mu'min
Shadow and Act

This documentary is important, not just as personal investigation, but as a statement against official records: the countless cases where indictments aren't reached, where cases are closed, where young people are pressured to take plea bargains.

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

There are questions that circle around themselves, endlessly, providing no broader outlook. However, by the same token, it is that very lack of objectivity that makes Strong Island the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Courageous, intimate, heart-rending ...

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Suzi Feay
Financial Times

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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Inkoo Kang
TheWrap

The doc is a demanding, wrenching watch; an important work, if not necessarily one you'd recommend to your friends.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

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

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Chris Barsanti
The Playlist

This is cinematic intimacy in the best manner for the worst of all reasons.

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