A key goal in the In My Blood It Runs campaign is to make Australian schools more culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Thank you for screening our film in your classroom. Dujuan’s and his family’s story has inspired classrooms around the world to look deeper into the beauty, strength and resilience of Arrernte and Garrwa cultures and also to understand more the injustices faced by First Nations, Black, and other people of colour around the world.
1. Buy Education DVD or Streaming License
By purchasing an education licence you can screen the film on your school campus at any time.
2. Stream online at Kanopy
Stream the film for free, thanks to the generous support of your public library or university.
United Kingdom (Free for limited time)
We are to offer In My Blood It Runs for free to UK schools during the summer term, alongside resources and lesson plans.
If you or a UK teacher you know are keen to integrate diverse, strength-based content use code IMBIREDU to gain access.
US + Canada
To book the film for educational screenings in the US and Canada, visit our distributor Sentient Art Film.
The In My Blood It Runs team has been working with education partners to develop classroom resources.
We developed these Education resources with an Advisory Board who read, discussed and redrafted these guides over many months. Special thanks to Alanna Raymond, Tessa Keenan, Stephanie Woerde, Esma Livermore and Julie Bover from Reconciliation Australia, Alex Shain from Shark Island, Maria Katsabanis from Australian Human Rights Commission, Renee Phillips from National Indigenous Youth Education Coalition, and Keren Shlezinger.
ATOM Guide (Yr 9-12)
COOL Australia (Yr 7-12)
American Documentary (USA)
Big Sky Native Filmmaker Initiative (USA)
Education Resource Pack (UK)
VIRTUAL ‘EXCURSION’ Q&As
We’ve hosted a number of online Q&As and “Virtual Excursions” for both students and teachers, which we have recorded to make available for teachers as an ongoing classroom resource. The education resources are pitched at Yrs 9 – 12 students, but the conversations are appropriate for high school students more generally. Watch the recordings below!
Professional Learning Q&A for teachers with Stephanie Woerde and Alanna Raymond from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, Chris Sarra founder of Stronger Smarter institute, and Director Maya Newell.
Aboriginal Studies with Madeleine Williamson (Queanbeyan High School), Fiona Lugnan (Coffs Harbour High School), William Tilmouth and Maya Newell.
The session focuses on the Aboriginal Studies HSC curriculum and how the film links with the specific syllabus points related to Social Justice and Human Rights and Community Consultation and Ethical Research.
Legal Studies with John Davis (Stronger Smarter Institute), William Tilmouth (Children’s Ground, Film Advisor), Prof Megan Davis (UNSW) and Director Maya Newell.
The session focuses on United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples, how we use legal frameworks can be used for art and advocacy, and deliver into the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
English & Media Studies with Zoe Cassim and Alanna Raymond (Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali), Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson & Maya Newell (Film team).
The session focuses on the curriculum aligned role of documentary films in truth telling and social justice.
History & Civics with Zoe Cassim (Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali), Samara Hand (NIYEC), Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson and Maya Newell (Film Team).
The focus of this session will be on truthtelling, the importance of having records of current and authentic lived experiences as well as films for social justice.
Science with Renee Phillips (Children’s Ground and NIYEC), William Tilmouth (Children’s Ground and film advisor), Michael O’Loughlin (IndigenousX) and Director Maya Newell.
The session focuses on why society holds Western Science as ‘superior’ and why is it important that we include Indigenous Knowledges to explain science.
Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education
Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in Education program supports all schools and early learning services to develop environments that foster a high level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and contributions. The program incorporates an online platform which is free to access and provides practical ways to introduce meaningful reconciliation initiatives in the classroom, around the school and with the community. Through the Narragunnawali platform, schools and early learning services can develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), and teachers and educators can access professional learning and curriculum resources to support the implementation of reconciliation initiatives.
A professional learning resource specifically developed to support engagement with In My Blood It Runs can be accessed here on the Narragunnawali platform.
Watch a free professional learning session hosted with Dr Chris Sara from Stronger Smarter Institute, Stephanie Woerde and Alanna Raymond from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team to support you to use In My Blood It Runs in the classroom.
Stronger Smarter Institute
The Stronger Smarter Institute offers unique, transformative and highly regarded programs and online training that equips educators with the tools and practices to enact high-expectations relationships in their school classrooms and communities leading to sustainable change in student outcomes.
The alliance is fighting for the truth and equity to be the foundation of our education system. We know that First Nations experiences through time and the full impact of colonisation is silenced in many classrooms around the country. By centring on the experiences of First Nations youth, we are calling for the public to #LearnOurTruth. We urgently need more public and political scrutiny about how every person living on sovereign First Nations land is not being taught a true history in classrooms.
Educators, take the pledge to ensure we #LearnOurTruth in schools
If we are to fight the systemic and social injustices impacting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities today, we must first understand our shared past.
For too long, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories have been left out of classrooms.
NIYEC are calling on educators to pledge to drive this change in classrooms. Join below and you will be supported with resources and community.
“I am making a commitment to learn the true history of this country. I will:
- Read books and news media by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.
- Learn about the local history of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people on whose land I live.
- Rethink historic events from the perspective of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Raise awareness with my family and friends about the importance of learning our true history.”
What age is the film suitable for?
The film is rated PG and Dujuan himself is 10 years old in the film. Our education partners recommend it for grades 5 and above. There are no explicit scenes of sex/drugs/violence but we advise that the most confronting scene is when Dujuan is watching the news and sees footage of kids in Don Dale being abused in detention.
We also advise that it is important for teachers (particularly of primary age) to consider is not only whether they themselves feel confident to facilitate learning around the subject matter, and also to critically reflect on:
- the relevance/responsiveness of the subject matter to their students’ lives and learning;
- their students’ socio-emotional, cultural and educational “readiness” to safely and respectfully engage with the subject matter.
This can mean that it’s difficult to give a standard “yes” or “no” answer as to whether the film is appropriate for Primary school-aged children – in many ways, the “answer” lies in teachers’ knowledge of their individual students as to whether they feel the film is appropriate to screen and discuss in the classroom.
We recommend teachers complete the Professional Learning guide from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team here.
You may also be interested that we had a Professional Learning Q&A for teachers with Stephanie Word and Alanna Raymond from Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, Chris Sarra from Stronger Smarter, and Maya Newell. The recording is here.
Students can engage with relevant wrap-around content, that sits in the ATOM guide in ‘previewing’ activities that use a child rights frame to study the film. For instance, Dujuan’s UN speech, and age-appropriate lessons around child rights, human rights and Indigenous rights.