Thursday, February 22, 2018

Oscar Project 2018: Strong Island

Movie: Strong Island

In this documentary, filmmaker Yance Ford investigates her brother's murder and why the judicial system let his killer go free, as well as examining the role of race and showing the lasting effects the murder had on their family. The details of the case were a bit confusing at times - I wished I had a thorough article about the case as background reading - but what Ford did wonderfully was just letting her own grief and that of her family show through. It was uncomfortable to watch and would have seemed exploitative if it weren't her own story, but since it was her story it was the perfect way to make the audience confront the aftermath of the crime.

Availability: Streaming on Netflix.

Nominated In:
Documentary (Feature): Sure. It was an interesting way of approaching the material.

Catch up on all my Oscar Project posts.

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