Strong Island (film)

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Strong Island
Strong Island.png
Film poster
Directed byYance Ford
Produced byJoslyn Barnes
Yance Ford
Music byHildur Guðnadóttir
CinematographyAlan Jacobsen
Edited byJanus Billeskov Jansen
Yanceville Films
Louverture Films
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • January 23, 2017 (2017-01-23) (Sundance Film Festival)
  • September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15)[1]
Running time
107 minutes

Strong Island is a Danish-American 2017 true-crime documentary film directed by Yance Ford. The film centers on the April 1992 murder of Ford's brother William, a 24-year-old African-American teacher in New York, who was killed by Mark P. Reilly, a 19-year-old white chop shop mechanic of Lake Grove, New York.[2][3] An all-white grand jury in Suffolk County declined to indict his killer, who claimed self-defense.[4]

The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[5] It received a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary in 2017[6] and was nominated for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[7] It was also nominated for an Emmy in Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking that year.[8]


  1. ^ "Strong Island". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Blasey, Laura (March 2, 2018). "Strong Island: The story behind the Long Island killing in the film". Newsday. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (February 4, 2017). "Sundance Film Review: 'Strong Island'". Variety. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Harris, Chris (September 7, 2017). "Investigating My Brother's Killing: A Search for Answers Becomes a Netflix True Crime Documentary". People. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Harris, Brandon (January 24, 2017). "Yance Ford's Powerful Cinematic Memoir, "Strong Island"". The New Yorker. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  6. ^ Dry, Jude (November 30, 2017). "'Strong Island' Director Powerfully Breaks Down America's Race Problem with Danny Glover and Angela Davis — Watch". IndieWire. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Edelstein, Andy (January 23, 2018). "Yance Ford of 'Strong Island' is first trans director to be nominated for an Oscar". Newsday. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Nominees/Winners | Television Academy". Retrieved 2018-07-16.

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