STAFF PICK OF THE MONTH
Directed by Lucas Guilkey
When a young man mysteriously dies in a Bay Area jail, his mother begins a determined quest to find out what happened to him, but quickly runs into the opaque and powerful position of American sheriffs.
This intimate, fast-paced documentary follows Barbara Doss’ search to discover the details of her son’s mysterious death in Santa Rita jail. In the summer of 2018, 23-year-old Dujuan Armstrong was serving weekends for a burglary conviction, but one weekend he never came home. Thus began Barbara’s journey for truth and justice.
Through her grief and increasing activism, the audience travels with her to the county board of supervisors, the jail, the cemetery in which Dujuan is buried, rallies, and one climatic confrontation with the sheriff himself. What will it take for her to get the truth?”
Lucas Guilkey is a video journalist and documentary filmmaker based in Oakland, California. His work focuses on power, politics, social movements, democracy, and racial, economic, and ecological justice. He has produced for AJ+, Splinter, Fusion, KTVU, Oakland North, and KPFA, written for Documentary Magazine and the San Francisco Bay View, and assistant edited on the feature documentaries Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America and Bias. He recently completed What Happened to Dujuan Armstrong?, a 27 minute documentary about deaths in Santa Rita county jail, and he is currently directing and producing Dying for Sunlight, a feature documentary about the 2013 California prisoner hunger strikes against indefinite solitary confinement. He is a fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program and graduate of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Wesleyan University.
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