In My Blood It Runs

Fri, 06/19/2020 (All day) - Sun, 07/19/2020 (All day)

Dir. Maya Newell / 2019 / 84 min

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Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages. As he shares his wisdom of history and the complex world around him we see his spark and intelligence. Yet Dujuan is ‘failing’ in school and facing increasing scrutiny from welfare and the police. As he travels perilously close to incarceration, his family fight to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he becomes another statistic. We walk with him as he grapples with these pressures, shares his truths and somewhere in-between finds space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self.

This documentary was shot in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Sandy Bore Homeland and Borroloola Community, Northern Territory, Australia over three years. Director Maya Newell has been making films alongside Arrernte Elders and families at an NGO called Akeyulerrre for a decade. This film arose organically from those relationships. This collaborative approach used on this film is not ‘new’ but draws from a long line of First Nations initiatives, organizations, filmmakers work both within Australia and internationally who have fought for the right to have agency over their own narratives for a long time.

The film received some incredible wins in 2019, including protagonist Dujuan Hoosan addressing the UN in Geneva, Parliamentary screenings and sold out festival screenings across the globe (Hot Docs, DOC NYC, SFF, MIFF and more).

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