Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Yance Ford. 2017, 107 mins. Digital projection. “Deeply personal and formally ingenious, Yance Ford’s Strong Island was already an urgent and purposefully raw reflection on racial violence, examining the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother 25 years prior, as well as the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free. But the fact that Ford was the first trans person to be nominated for an Academy Award shows that queer cinema can be part of a more mainstream dialogue without losing its radical gestures. Ford’s compelling, guiding presence offers a queer frame without losing focus on the legacy of devastation wrought upon an entire family.”—Donal Mosher
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