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Movie Review - Strong Island

This documentary fits into the ongoing conversation started by Black Lives Matter. It also fits into the ongoing trend of true-crime stories that attempt to criticize, point out flaws, abuses or corruption within the legal process or the criminal justice system. This movie doesn't have the time of Making a Murderer (2015) or O.J.: Made in America (2016) to analyze and fully deconstruct every cultural or procedural aspect. This movie doesn't have the comprehensive focus of Ava DuVernay's 13th to put into context or argue for any one particular thing. It trades mainly on sentimentality, to get the audience to understand and hopefully empathize with its deceased subject, which is a tactic the filmmaker perhaps wishes lawyers doing the prosecution during the Grand Jury would have implored. The filmmaker is left to do it himself and what results is a rather heartbreaking eulogy from one sibling to his brother.

Yance Ford is the director. He's not only making this film abou…

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