Essays about Yance Ford’s film “Strong Island” (2017)

I can’t understand

Both willingly and unwillingly, Yance and so many others have done so much emotional labor to tell us their stories and relive their trauma, all to reveal to us the racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, and overall hatred that still exists and causes unfathomable pain, and it’s our job and responsibility to pay attention.

‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

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. They are the … Continue reading ‘Strong Island’: documentary filmmaking as a coming-of-age tale

The contours of fear: a documentary elegy

It is a pessimistic view of life in America, and for Yance Ford and millions of people who look like him, it is a daily reality: living with the fear of being treated as a second-class citizen in school, housing, employment, and the law.

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