[act-ma] Oct 16 in Cambridge: Documentary + Discussion on Race & Criminal Justice System

gen at lef-foundation.org gen at lef-foundation.org
Wed Oct 11 12:59:39 PDT 2017

Hi everyone,
On Monday October 16 at 7pm at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, The DocYard presents a screening of the Sundance award-winning film STRONG ISLAND by filmmaker Yance Ford. This powerful, personal documentary goes to the heart of America's conversation on race, by examining the real lives at risk when the criminal justice system, supported by white-managed structures, fails again and again.
The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion with Yance Ford.
Prior to the feature documentary and filmmaker discussion, The DocYard will be presenting a related short film from the New York Times called “A Conversation with Police on Race”. 
Event Page: http://thedocyard.com/2017/08/strong-island/ 
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/208497402
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/320771611723162/ 
Synopsis: STRONG ISLAND chronicles the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy – from the racial segregation of the Jim Crow South to the promise of New York City; from the presumed safety of middle class suburbs, to the maelstrom of an unexpected, violent death. It is the story of the Ford family: Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children and how their lives were shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America. A deeply intimate and meditative film, Strong Island asks what one can do when the grief of loss is entwined with historical injustice, and how one grapples with the complicity of silence, which can bind a family in an imitation of life, and a nation with a false sense of justice. 

STRONG ISLAND director Yance Ford, who is transgender, is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellowship, and was among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and Variety’s 10 Documakers to watch. This December, Ford will also be the recipient of the 2017 International Documentary Association’s Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.

Genevieve Carmel, Program Officer

LEF Foundation 
gen at lef-foundation.org 

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