For our Documentary Issue, our essays focused on the documentary “Strong Island” (2017), directed by Yance Ford.

Strong Island: Documentary Filmmaking as a Coming-of-Age Tale

By Jaylan Salah It’s always the women, the queer, and the blacks. They are the ones who tell stories. They are the ones who dig deep into their families’ histories. … Continue reading Strong Island: Documentary Filmmaking as a Coming-of-Age Tale

The Contours of Fear: A Documentary Elegy

By Marjorie H. Morgan The sound of repetitive, relentless punching against a fixed piece of board starts this documentary, and a world upside down and back to front ends it. … Continue reading The Contours of Fear: A Documentary Elegy

Cinema Femme Documentary Issue — Editor’s Letter

I’ve always loved how documentaries can connect with viewers by taking them through worlds that are not their own. And some documentaries, like Yance Ford’s “Strong Island” (2017), our Issue … Continue reading Cinema Femme Documentary Issue — Editor’s Letter