WHAT HAPPENED TO DUJUAN ARMSTRONG?

Director: Lucas Guilkey
Producer(s): Lucas Guilkey
27 min | USA

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?

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
Finalist | Documentary Short, SIMA 2020
Official Selection | UNAFF 2019
Winner | Best Short Film, Justice On Trial Film Festival 2019

CAMPAIGN & RESOURCES
East Bay Express

The Appeal