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.

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.

(Strong Island) 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.

The New Yorker, 2017

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