In My Blood it Runs

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    In My Blood it Runs

    Directed by

    Australia

    2019

    85 min

    • English

    Documentary

    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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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Maya Newell
    Cinematography
    Maya Newell
    Editing
    Maya Newell
    Bryan Mason
    Simon Price
    Music
    Benjamin Speed
    Production
    CLOSER PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    KIDS FILMP PTY LTD
    Maya Newell

    Maya Newell

    Australia

    Maya is an Australian filmmaker with a focus on social impact documentary. She has directed award-winning short documentaries, TWO (AFI Docs, Slamdance, Winner AIDC emerging talent) and GROWING UP GAYBY (ABC TV) and her feature documentary GAYBY BABY (2015). GAYBY BABY was selected for GoodPitch2 Australia 2014, premiered at Hot Docs, screened at London BFI, Doc Leipzig, Doc NYC, is on Netflix US and reached No. 1 on iTunes doc charts during it’s UK release. In Australia, the film famously caused a national stir when it was banned by the Australian State Government and is acknowledged as significant in the fight for Marriage Equality and Adoption Equality in Australia. IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS was selected for Good Pitch Australia 2016, the Sundance Documentary Fund and Sundance Skywalker Music and Sound Design Labs and is due for release in 2019.

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