Netflix has released a trailer for its new crime documentary. "Strong Island" looks into the heartbreaking murder of William Ford Jr. in Long Island in 1992.
According to People, the documentary delves into race and injustice in America. It follows the murder of a 24-year-old black teacher who was allegedly shot and killed by a white 19-year-old. The prosecutor was never able to get an all-white grand jury to indict. The case hits close to home for the director, Yance Ford, as the victim was his brother. "The police had turned my brother into the prime suspect in his own murder," he says.
“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,” Netflix said in a statement.
The director narrates the film and actor Danny Glover is among the many who executive produced.
Yance Ford hopes his film opens up a dialogue about racism within the criminal justice system. “I look forward to having a lot of really vigorous conversations about the film,” he says, “and I welcome them all.”
"Strong Island" premieres September 15.