IN MY BLOOD IT RUNS

A B O U T

S Y N O P S I S

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.

T H E  M A K I N G

In My Blood It Runs was shot in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Sandy Bore Homeland and Borroloola Community, Northern Territory, Australia over the last three years. However Maya, the director, has been making films alongside Arrernte Elders and families at an NGO called Akeyulerrre Healing Centre for about a decade. These years of prior work with Arrernte families making films about the empowering work they are doing to educate their children in language, culture and identity is the foundation of In My Blood It Runs, which arose organically from those relationships.

The intimacy of the film and the delicacy with which it has represented the complex struggles of Dujuan and his families lives has been achieved through a deep and collaborative process between the filmmaking team and the family.

The Arrernte and Garrwa families in the film and the board of Advisors to the film are core partners and have been involved in robust consultation at all stages of production. This has been an ongoing process to ensure that each individual comprehensively understands the terms of involvement and has control over how their stories and images portrayed.

Some of the core pillars of our protocols include; fair credits ‘Collaborating Directors’ and ‘Advisors’, formal recognition of Traditional Owners of the land we filmed, meaningful and ongoing consultation, shared ownership and profit with those represented, capacity building for First Nations peoples within the film team and a team structure that has both Indigenous and non-Indigenous as the core creatives.

On release, the film will have an adjacent impact campaign driven by our Arrernte and Garrwa advisors and their vision for change.

T H E  T E A M

Director  
Maya Newell 

Collaborating Directors
Dujuan Hoosan
Carol Turner
Megan Hoosan
James Mawson
Margaret Anderson 

Producers 
Sophie Hyde
Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson
Larissa Behrendt
Maya Newell

Executive Producer/Senior Traditional Owner of Alice Springs
Felicity Hayes

Advisors
William Tilmouth
Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM
Agnes Abbott
Amelia Turner
Jane Vadiveloo

Associate Producers
Lisa Sherrard
Alex Kelly 

Cinematographer
Maya Newell 

Editors
Maya Newell
Bryan Mason
Simon Price 

Composer
Benjamin Speed 

Additional Music by
Amit May Cohen 

Sound Designer
Kim Patrick 

Impact Producers
Alex Kelly
Maya Newell
Lisa Sherrard

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