In My Blood It Runs 86 mins

  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs
  • In My Blood It Runs

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Four years after Gayby Baby, Maya Newell crafts another powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth, putting the plight of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

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.

Director Maya Newell’s first feature Gayby Baby (Hot Docs, Good Pitch Aus, London BFI), sparked a national debate in Australia when it was banned in schools. Told through the lens of four children in same-sex families during the fight for Marriage Equality, the film offered the voice of those being ignored. Made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS tackles another heated topic, First Nations education and juvenile justice and places the missing voice of children front and centre.

IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS looks beyond the ‘problem’ to see the people. Instead of seeing this Aboriginal boy as a ‘criminal’, we see a child who has experienced systematic abuse; instead of ‘bad parents’, we see a family who has been systematically stripped of all agency yet undeniably love their kids; instead of a ‘failure’ at school, we see a child whose talents have been completely overlooked. And crucially, this child observes the inequality of the world he is presented with. 

★★★★ "[A] quietly masterful portrait of growing up Indigenous" - The Guardian

"a stirring study of love and resilience in First Nations families, and the ways Australia’s education and justice systems are failing them and their children." - The Adelaide

"Expressed in these straightforward terms, the message is hard to brush off... However you feel about these tactics this is an effective film and, in its commitment to its subjects, an honorable one." - The Age

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