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In My Blood It Runs

History. Learning. Love. Resistance.

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

INDIGENOUS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Maya Newell

  • PRODUCER Sophie Hyde

Synopsis

DURATION: 84 MINUTES

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.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

We experience this world on the fringes of Alice Springs through Dujuan’s eyes. Dujuan’s family light candles when the power card runs out, often rely on extended family to drop around food and live alongside the ingrained effects of colonization and dispossession. Every day in the classroom, Dujuan’s strength as a child-healer and Arrernte language speaker goes unnoticed. While he likes school, his report card shows a stream of ‘E’s, which make him feel stupid. Education is universally understood as a ticket to success, but school becomes a site of displacement and Dujuan starts running away from the classroom.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Key Impact Goals:
Address racism by sharing lived experiences of First Nations people and challenging structural racism.
Build significant support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led education system.
Mainstream schools become more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Amplify evidence-backed restorative youth justice solutions instead of punitive youth justice. This includes raising the age of criminality from 10 to 14 or 16 years old.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Key Impact Goals:
Address racism by sharing lived experiences of First Nations people and challenging structural racism.
Build significant support for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led education system.
Mainstream schools become more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Amplify evidence-backed restorative youth justice solutions instead of punitive youth justice. This includes raising the age of criminality from 10 to 14 or 16 years old.
We have a 2 page detailed plan of what we hope to achieve. We can provide this with any interested parties.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have a number of key partnerships in place. We are working with them to identify how we can amplify their messages and work to support the work they do. We as a team are not experts in all the areas we aim to work on, as such we want our partners to use the film to help raise awareness and action on their issues.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

For each group that are seeing the film we anticipate having clear calls to action of what can be done.
For example the Australian and State Governments can raise the age of criminal responsibility in Australia.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Key indicator for success is when Dujuan and his family feel the effects of change.

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