dir. Maya Newell, 2019
NR, 84 min, Australia, in English and Aboriginal with English subtitles   



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.

“We tell our stories in paintings, song and film. This film shows us that consultation and collaboration work. Both parties wanted to do it. Dujuan wanted a film about him and the film team had to give away prescribed story that they had to allow families to have ownership and control and to tell them how they should be doing it. The process gave them agency and produced a very strong film. The film team put aside ego, professionalism, learnings and tried to relearn a new way. I am quite proud of it actually.” —William Tilmouth, Arrernte Elder and Film Advisor

With each screening of In My Blood It Runs purchased, Pickford Film Center will receive 50% of the ticket price and the distributors and filmmakers receive 30%. The remaining 20% will be donated to Children’s Ground, a charity organization that works to aid aboriginal families in Australia. 



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“Quietly masterful portrait of growing up Indigenous.” —The Guardian

“Colonialism is a war that began hundreds of years ago and never ended. Its modern tactics and its weapons are noted with precision in [this] ferocious documentary.” —The New York Times