“Quietly Masterful”




Margaret Pomeranz, Screen

“A profound opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Aboriginal Australia and what is truely broken. These children are not broken its’ the systems around them that are.”

Chris Sarra

“A story of hope, a powerful reminder of the strength of Aboriginal people, their families and communities.”

Daniel Andrews, VIC Premier


David Stratton, SMH


Graeme Blundell, Screen

“A breathtaking and visually stunning story”


“A profoundly moving documentary: simultaneously informative, insightful and affecting.”

Jenny Neighbour, Sydney Film Festival

“A wholly original and impactful look at growing up Indigenous in Australia today”

The Gate

“A window into the failings of the mainstream education system — failings that are funnelling Indigenous kids into the hands of the criminal justice system.”


“Inspires us to stand up for all the children in Australia and around the world who suffer injustice, social exclusion and human insecurity.”

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General Amnesty International

“A powerful, essential portrait of Australian youth”

Melbourne International Film Festival

“It has had an influence upon my thinking that will not leave me.”

Honorable Martin Hinton, Director of Public Prosecutions SA

Media Stories

NYTimes Critics Pick: ‘In My Blood It Runs’ Review: ‘I Want to Be an Aborigine’

New York Times, 11 Jun 2020

"Quietly masterful portrait of growing up Indigenous"

Guardian Review, 19 Feb 2020

Our next generation will be formidable. Their identity will not be denied - William Tilmouth, Advisor

IndigenousX, 22 Feb 2020

Don't be afraid of doing things differently

Screenhub, 25 Feb 2020

Between two worlds: 'I want my future to be on country'

Guardian Features, 22 Feb 2020

A Powerful and Important Doco About a 12-Year-Old Australian Boy Who Took On the World

Broadsheet, 20 Feb 2020

"A marvellous documentary, one that manages to be human and charming yet also honest and deeply uncomfortable (in a good way!)."

Letterboxed, 24 Feb 2020

We Want Our Indigenous Kids To Have Their Own Schools, In Their Own Language - James Mawson, Father

Junkee, 24 January 2020

Opinion: I'm A 13-Year-Old Aboriginal Boy, And This Is What I Told The “Boss Lady” Of The United Nations

BuzzFeed, 15 January 2020

Aboriginal child to address UN Human Rights Council and urge Australia to stop sending 10 year olds to prison

Human Rights Law Centre, 9 September 2019

In My Blood It Runs and the crisis facing Indigenous students

Crikey, 25 August 2019

How love builds justice

Dumbo Feather, 30 Nov 2017

World Premere at Hot Docs

FIlm Ink, 03 March 2019

Hot Docs 2019 Review: In My Blood It Runs

The Gate, 23 April 2019

Why this bright Indigenous boy who speaks 3 languages almost failed out of school in Australia

CBC Radio, 25 April 2019

Awaye! In My Blood It Runs

ABC RN , 27 April

These Two Sydney Film Festival Films Stare Down Australia's Colonial History

The Music, 7 June 2019

Labelled as failures': How schools struggle to support kids who speak Indigenous languages

ABC Tripple J, 10 June 2019

No kid should be in jail': 12yo at centre of documentary issues plea to NT Parliament

ABC News, 7 August 2019

Why going to school made Dujuan think there was something wrong with him

Sydney Morning Herald, 7 August 2019

How Systems Marginalise

Dumbo Feather, 7 August 2019

Activist Listening / Producer Alex Kelly

The Saturday Paper, 10 August 2019

Kill your darlings

MIFF Critics Campus: Film Review Roundup, 15 August 2019

In My Blood It Runs Review

Fillums, 15 August 2019

In My Blood It Runs and the crisis facing Indigenous students

Crikey, 25 August 2019

This 12-year-old will address the UN about Australia's 'harsh' youth detention laws

SBS, 9 Sept 2019

12-year-old boy delivers his vision for change at the United Nations

Virgin Unite, 12 Sept 2019

Indigenous boy to address UN on the age of criminal responsibility

ABC Radio PM, 10 Sept 2019

12yo Alice Springs boy to speak at United Nations in push to change Australia's age of criminality

ABC News, 11 Sept 2019

An Indigenous 12-Year-Old Just Addressed the UN on Australia's Detention Laws and Education System

Glabal Citizen, 11 Sept 2019

I am cheeky, but no kid should be in jail. This is why I addressed the UN at just 12 years old

The Guardian, 12 Sept 2019

After UN speech, Indigenous 12-year-old takes his message of change to PM

SBS News, 12 Sept 2019

Stop jailing 10-year-olds': Indigenous boy addresses UN on Australia's youth detention laws

SBS News, 12 Sept 2019

A 12 Y.O. Indigenous Australian Boy Crushed His Address At The UN Human Rights Council

Pedestrian TV, 13 Sept 2019

Indigenous affairs minister to visit UN

The Western, 13 Sept 2019

Not just Greta: These are the other times teenagers have influenced world politics

SBS News, 26 Sept 2019

“I came here to speak to you because the Australian government is not listening”

The star of In My Blood It Runs, Dujuan addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to call on the Australian Government to treat kids like him better.


Winner Best Australian documentary – Stronger than Fiction Film Festival

Winner Audience Choice Award – Darwin Film Festival

Winner Best Film and Best Documentary – Byron Bay Film Festival

Winner Best Documentary – Social and Political Issues ATOM Award

Walkley Award Nomination – Best Documentary

AACTA Award Nomination – Best Documentary and Best Cinematography

Critics Circle Awards – Nomination

Winner of Best Feature Documentary – Olympia Film Festival (Greece)

Media contacts

Australian and New Zealand Distribution 

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Australian Publicity

UK Distribution

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UK Press

Sarah Harvey Publicity

North American Distribution

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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.