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A woman stands with arms wrapped round her smiling son who leans close to her side. A house and dust track behind.

In My Blood It Runs

All Equal? Close Up Youth Programme

16 September 2020 - 27 September 2020

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Film Synopsis: In My Blood It Runs

Director: Maya Newell, Dujuan Hoosan, Carol Turner, Megan Hoosan, James Mawson, Margaret Anderson, Jimmy Mawson | Countries of production: Australia | Year: 2019 | Length: 84 min
Language: English, Arrernte with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Dujuan is a 10-year-old Arrernte/Garrwa boy from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in Australia. Thanks to his mother and grandmother’s guidance, he speaks three languages, is a child-healer and an accomplished hunter.

Though Dujuan is highly intelligent and sensitive, he is “failing” in school, where his wisdom and strengths are not valued. He seems disengaged and bored; his frustration takes a toll on his self esteem. He starts skipping school and staying out late – and faces increasing scrutiny from welfare officers and the police. As the age of criminal responsibility is just 10 in Australia, the threat of juvenile detention looms (100% of the inmates in Alice Springs’ juvenile detention centres are Aboriginal)… But as soon as Dujuan is “on country,” away from the city, he ponders his future and, somewhere in between, finds space to dream.

Filmed in direct collaboration with Dujuan and his family, this striking documentary illustrates their fight to decolonise the school system and develop a curriculum that enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands people to determine and lead their own education.

Content notes:
Contains depictions of racism, colonialism and state violence (incl. against young people).
Contains discussions of substance abuse, suicide ideation.

Screened as part of TOAFF20


Beyond the Screen

Watch the recording of the Q&A we hosted with Director Maya Newell, Producer Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson and Arrernte Elder and Film Advisor William Tilmouth to explore the (neo)colonialism of the education system and authorities in Australia and the UK, and how we can challenge it.

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How to watch
This film is available to watch at any time between 00:00 on 16 September and 23:59 on 27 September.


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