Tracing the impacts of the 1992 shooting death of William Ford, Jr., an unarmed African American, and the devastation of the Ford family when his killer goes unpunished. Strong Island chronicles filmmaker Yance Ford’s attempt to unravel the mystery behind what happened the night her brother, William Ford, Jr., was shot to death by a white mechanic when they argued over the quality of a repair. What emerges is an intimate look at the consequences of gun violence, the criminalization of black men, and the disparities in how perpetrators of crimes against blacks are treated in the legal system and begs the question: what does justice look like for black victims of crime?

Year Funded

  • 2014