Strong Island screening comes to Manhasset

Strong Island screening comes to Manhasset
(Photo courtesy of Strong Island)

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock Shelter Rock Forum will host the director of an Academy Award nominated documentary as part of their Persons of Moral Courage series. 

The congregation will host at 7 p.m. May 23 a viewing of “Strong Island,”2018 Academy Award-nominated film for Best Documentary Feature, produced and directed by Yance Ford.

The film centers on the 1992 Central Islip murder of Ford’s brother William, a 24-year-old African-American teacher in New York, who was killed by a white mechanic.

An all-white jury declined to indict his killer, who claimed self-defense. “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.

A question-and-answer session with Ford will follow the film.

Ford is the first-ever transgender director nominated for an Oscar, and he will also be honored at ERASE Racism’s Annual Benefit on June 6. For ticket information, visit

Register for the event at

UUCSR is located at 48 Shelter Rock Road in Manhasset.

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