In My Blood It Runs
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In My Blood It Runs

Sat Jan 11 12:00 PM
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Bellingen Memorial Hall
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General Admission
84 Mins
Nominee · Documentary Foundation Australia Award
AACTA nomination - Best Cinematography in a Documentary & Best Documentary
Winner - Audience Choice Award - Darwin IFF
Winner - ATOM- Best Documentary- Social and Political issues
Winner - Best Film - Byron Bay Film Festival
Winner - Best Australian Documentary - Stronger than Fiction Festival

Four years after controversial, temporarily-banned film, Gayby Baby (SWIFF’16), Maya Newell crafts another powerful portrait of Australian youth, this time made about, and in collaboration with, 10 year old Arrernte and Garrwa Aboriginal boy, Dujuan who lives at Hidden Valley towncamp in Alice Springs.

“I was born a little Aboriginal kid,” explains Dujuan. “That means I had a memory – a memory about being Aboriginal.” Never more excited than when he’s talking about his heritage and homeland, the precocious 10-year-old has a strong connection to his culture, speaks three languages and works as a healer. But he also struggles with school, acts out in class, and attracts attention from the police and the welfare system.

Intimate and impassioned, In My Blood It Runs follows Dujuan’s attempts to reconcile the traditions he holds dear with the colonised world he’s forced to inhabit. A personal documentary told with a perceptive eye, poetic imagery and made in collaboration with Dujuan and his family, the film is also an account of the harsh treatment of Indigenous youth, a situation that’s never far from the boy’s mind.

In English, Aboriginal English and Arrente

Bellingen Memorial Hall

35 Hyde Street Bellingen, New South Wales, 2454