Strong Island, a film about a black man who became the prime suspect in his own murder, is the latest addition to Netflix’s crime documentary catalogue. 

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The heartbreaking trailer gives viewers a deeply-personal taste of what to expect from Emmy nominated director Yance Ford’s latest offering as it is about the death of his brother William Ford Jr.

The documentary, which walked away from last month’s Sundance Film Festival with rave reviews, chronicles the loss that devastated the Ford family.

First trailer for Netflix's Strong Island will be your next crime documentary fix
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In 1992, William, the eldest child of the family was killed aged 24 by Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic – however, William, who was a teacher, became a suspect in his own murder case.

Reilly, who claimed self-defense despite his victim being un-armed at the time, pulled the trigger over a dispute involving a car repair.

Yance will take viewers on a journey through America’s racial history, touching on Jim Crow laws whilst he reclaims his older brother’s memory and legacy.

First trailer for Netflix's Strong Island will be your next crime documentary fix
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The project has been backed by many veterans in the doc-making community – including civil rights activist and Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover.

Netflix has given us some pretty epic crime documentaries before, many of which have sparked debates galore online, from Ava Duvernay’s 13th to the hit Making a Murderer.

Speaking of the movie, the streaming service said: ‘[Strong Island is] a deeply intimate and meditative film that 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 Islands debut on Netflix September 15.

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