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In My Blood It Runs (2019)




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Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter, speaks two Indigenous languages, but is 'failing' in school. With little space in the western system for Dujuan's language and culture his grandmother Carol is fighting a loving battle to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he become another statistic in juvenile detention or the welfare system. We walk with him as he grapples this educational schism and somewhere in-between finds a space to dream, imagine and hope for his future self. With the guidance of Arrernte Elders our shared vision is that it will not reiterate the ignorance or the statistics of injustice, abuse and neglect we so often see when we turn on the news, but will creatively accentuate the strengths, the insights of Dujuan, his family, his community and through their story, First Nations families everywhere.

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Critic Reviews for In My Blood It Runs

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While the film may lack the conventional sociopolitical framework needed to locate it in the broader Australian experience, Newell and her subjects are a constant source of empathy and education.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Colonialism is a war that began hundreds of years ago and never ended. Its modern tactics and its weapons are noted with precision in the ferocious documentary, "In My Blood It Runs."

June 11, 2020 | Full Review…

In My Blood It Runs is Newell's best film yet. It feels like a turning point: the director's aesthetic choices reflecting the contents of her subject's character in different and exciting ways.

February 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite its commitment and sincerity, this gentle observational documentary about an Indigenous boy makes its points but doesn't address some weighty questions that remain

September 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is documentaries like this which attempts to open our eyes.

October 5, 2020 | Full Review…

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