Directed by Yance Ford

Louverture Films is a Producer



  • 2018 Academy Award Nominee Best Documentary
  • Cinema Eye Honors 2018 - Winner Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Outstanding Achievement in Direction, Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film, and listed among the “Unforgettables” films of 2017
  • Black Critics Circle Award 2017 - Winner Best Documentary
  • IDA Awards 2017 - Nominated Best Documentary, recipient of Emerging Filmmaker Award (presented by Charles Burnett)
  • Gotham Awards 2017 - Winner Best Documentary
  • Critics’ Choice Awards 2017 - Nominated Best Documentary, Best First Documentary
  • DOCNYC 2017 - “Shortlist”
  • Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival 2017
  • Locarno Film Festival 2017
  • Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017
  • Frameline 41, San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival 2017 - Winner Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary 
  • AFI Docs 2017
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 - Winner Tim Hetherington Award
  • Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival 2017
  • Montclair Film Festival 2017 - Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature Competition Winner
  • Hot Docs | Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2017 - Winner Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award and Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
  • CPH:DOX 2017
  • New Directors/New Films 2017
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017
  • True/False Film Fest 2017
  • Berlinale - Panorama Dokumente 2017
  • Sundance Film Festival 2017 - Winner U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award

Feature documentary that examines the violent death of the filmmaker’s brother 25 years ago, and the judicial system that allowed his killer to go free.  The film calls us to bear witness to the reality rather than the abstraction of injustice. It goes beyond interviews into the homes of those left behind, into profound crises of civic faith. Strong Island interrogates murderous fear, racialized perception, and re-imagines the wreckage in catastrophe’s wake.