Yance Ford ‘94 recently received the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award from the International Documentary Association. Ford’s documentary “Strong Island” tells the story of Ford’s unarmed brother’s murder 25 years ago at the hands of a white man.
The IDA is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. As part of the IDA Documentary Screening Series, Ford’s “Strong Island” globally launched on Netflix on September 15. It has since played at over 15 film festivals worldwide.
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Recently named one of the most influential African Americans of 2017 by The Root 100, Ford and his documentary won a special jury prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The Guardian calls “Strong Island” a “combination of universal resonance and personal authorship. In the former instance, it is an emblematic tale of shattered faith in the American dream.”