In My Blood It Runs

All Equal? Close Up Youth Programme
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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

Screening as part of TOAFF20

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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 footage of state violence (committed against young people).
Contains discussions of substance abuse, suicide ideation

Screening as part of TOAFF20

“Quietly masterful portrait of growing up indigenous.” The Guardian

“Colonialism’s “modern tactics and its weapons are noted with precision in the ferocious documentary, In My Blood It Runs.” New York Times