Strong Island

Free screening for BAMPFA members and UC Berkeley students only

  • Les Blank Lecture

A masterpiece for difficult times. 

B. Ruby Rich, Film Quarterly

Preceding the screening, Yance Ford will present the third annual Les Blank Lecture, in honor of the beloved local documentary filmmaker; he will discuss his creative process (c. 30 mins).​

Yance Ford’s older brother was murdered on Long Island in 1992, at age twenty-four. Although it was known who killed him, no one was convicted. Darryl Pinckney notes in the New Yorker, “In Yance Ford’s powerful, disturbing, and very personal documentary, details are important. . . . Strong Island is the story of a black family that could not sustain the blow of racial injustice and fell apart.” Ford follows all the threads—not only those related to the murder and the resulting investigation, but also the history of his family, who had tried to do everything right—through to the present and the ongoing racism plaguing black men.

  • Alan Jacobsen
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital
  • 107 mins