*Strong Island.* 2017. Directed by Yance Ford. Courtesy of Cinereach

Strong Island. 2017. USA/Denmark. Directed by Yance Ford. 107 min.

A haunting investigation into the murder of a young black man in 1992, Yance Ford’s Strong Island is achingly personal—the victim, 24-year-old William Ford Jr., was the filmmaker’s brother. Ford powerfully renders the specter of his brother’s death and its devastating effect on his family, and uses the tools of cinema to carefully examine the injustice perpetrated when the suspected killer, a 19-year-old white man, was not indicted by a white judge and an all-white jury. As a work of memoir and true crime, Strong Island tells one of the most remarkable stories in recent documentary; as a political artwork, its resonance is profound.

  1. Monday, March 20,
    6:30 p.m.

    T1, Theater 1
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Followed by a discussion with Ford
  2. Sunday, March 19,
    9:00 p.m.

    The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
This film accompanies New Directors/New Films 2017.