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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.
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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.Read in Source
September 14, 2017 This is cinematic intimacy in the best manner for the worst of all reasons.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
Black Girl Nerds
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.Read in Source
September 13, 2017 What's valuable here, in addition to Ford's visual mastery, is the wealth of context that he provides.Read in Source
New York Times
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
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.Read in Source
Country: United States
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
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