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Oscar-nominated ‘Strong Island’ screening for free in Huntington

"Strong Island" director Yance Ford, seen here on

"Strong Island" director Yance Ford, seen here on Jan. 22, 2017, will be at Cinema Arts Centre on Monday. Credit: AP / Invision / Taylor Jewell

“Strong Island,” the Long Island-based documentary currently nominated for an Oscar, will have a free local screening next week.

The film is directed and narrated by Yance Ford and tells the story of his brother, William Ford Jr., an unarmed black man shot to death by a white man at an auto garage in Central Islip in 1992. The case never went to trial.

Yance Ford, a former producer for the PBS documentary series “POV,” is now the first openly transgender man to be nominated for an Oscar of any kind. He’ll appear in person at the free screening of “Strong Island” on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. The discussion with Ford will be moderated by Renee Ortiz, director of The Center for Social Justice and Human Understanding at Suffolk County Community College.

For information on how to get free tickets, RSVP online at, find the “Strong Island” event on the February calendar and click the “buy tickets” button for reservations.

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