More memoir than “documentary,” Netflix’s Strong Island is a searing personal account of filmmaker Yance Ford’s grief, frustration, and struggle in the wake of his brother’s murder. The film, which premiered to strong reviews at Sundance, is both emotional and pointed, with Ford attempting, on camera, to determine what really happened and assess what it means for self, family, and country when justice is so frequently crossed with prejudice.
”It is that very lack of objectivity that makes ‘Strong Island’ the experience that it is. It is a very tough film to shake.” Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
Release date: September 15, 2017
Streaming on: Netflix
Metacritic score: 86 out of 100