Documentary Podcast Episode 7

DocHouse Conversations (Podcast)

Hear fascinating insights from leading documentary innovators.

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DocHouse Conversations: Bringing you thought-provoking discussions from the documentary world. 

This week our Programme Associate Carol Nahra welcomes Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning director-producer Yance Ford.

Yance’s debut film Strong Island has won a number of awards, including the Sundance special jury prize. You can watch it at the moment on both Netflix and Youtube.

As the New Yorker wrote about Strong Island upon its premiere in 2017, "the film mines the defining tragedy of Ford’s life to lay bare the ways in which race and American justice often inharmoniously intersect. It is a brave, revealing film, and one whose topicality has only grown."  

When Strong Island was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards, Yance made history as the first openly transgender director nominated for the Oscar. 

Yance is a former Series Producer of the PBS documentary series POV. During his tenure, his work garnered 5 Emmy Awards and 16 Emmy nominations.

Read more about Yance’s doc Strong Island in our Docs to watch: #BlackLivesMatter blog.

Read more about Yance and his doc Strong Island in the Filmmaker Magazine article, ‘25 Faces of Independent Film’ here.

See what’s on our online hub here.

Find out more about Carol Nahra here.



Strong Island (2017) - Currently available for free on YouTube as part of Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection, watch here.

Alan Jacobsen - DOP for Strong Island 

Tongues Untied (1989) - Available to watch on Kanopy 

Read Yance’s article ‘Remembering Tongues Untied’.

Nostalgia For The Light (2010)

Battle Of Chile (1998)

High School (1968)

Risk (2016) - Laura Poitras doc about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

The Infiltrators (2019) Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera

Whose Streets? (2017) Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis


Walker Evans Photographer

Chris Burden - Performance Art

Coco Fusco

Gordon Parks

Article which discusses Yance’s art at Hamilton


PBS - Independent Lens

PBS - World


PBS - America Reframed

PBS - Frontline


Marlon Riggs

Sadie Benning

Isaac Julien 

Pamela Yates 

Skylight Pictures 

Laura Poitras 

Thomas Allen Harris

Josh Gilbert

Maysles Brothers

Cops and Klan in South

Sheila Nevins: A Film Industry Conversation (Online Panel)

Roger Ross Williams

Jonathan Demme

Yance’s profile of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can be seen on the new Netflix series Trial by Media. He is developing a feature film with Archer Gray based on the memoir A Trial by Jury by D. Graham Burnett. Archer Gray:

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