On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check in a popular downtown park. His death sparked months of unrest and his family into activism.
Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre's death, this intimate verite documentary follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, this explosive documentary takes a behind the scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues.
Erik Ljung has produced content for the New York Times, VICE News, Al Jazeera, BBC, and the Wall Street Journal. He is a former Nohl Fellow, a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work. His cinematography can be seen on CNN’s "The 414’s," which premiered at Sundance, and "Almost Sunrise," slated to air on POV in 2017.