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Film Screening: Strong Island

  • St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)


November 27 - Film Screening: Strong Island (Directed by Yance Ford, 2017)

Excerpt about STRONG ISLAND (2017 Academy Award nominee) from The New Yorker: "In Yance Ford's powerful, disturbing, and very personal documentary, details are important. What happened in 1992 was the murder of Yance's own brother, William Ford, Jr., who grew up in the black enclave of Central Islip. He was shot in the chest with a rifle by Mark Reilly, a young white man. The shop's owner had a record of running a shady business. William Ford had no record and was about to take the entrance exam to be a corrections officer. Ford's mother, Barbara Dunmore Ford, an educator who founded Rosewood, a school for women on Rikers Island, says in ‘Strong Island’ that she will believe until her dying day that the grand jury of twenty-three white people did not return a true bill because her son was a black man. As the documentary makes plain, the grand jury didn't care to find out what really happened."

SERIES Co-Directors: Athena Devlin (English & American Studies) & Emily Horowitz (Sociology & Criminal Justice)

St. Francis College

180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY
Events in Lecture Hall 4202 on Tuesdays at 11:10am **unless otherwise noted