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UK Premiere: In My Blood It Runs (12A*) + ScreenTalk with director Maya Newell

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

A young shirtless boy looks directly into the camera

“I was born a little Aboriginal kid,” explains 10-year-old Dujuan. “That means I had a memory – a memory about being Aboriginal.”

Born in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia, Dujuan has a strong connection to his culture, speaks three languages, and is regarded as a healer in his community. But within the colonised school system, his strength, gifts, and intellect go unnoticed, his culture ignored and deleted from school books, and he acts out, attracting attention from the police and child welfare system.

At the time of filming, 100 percent of the youth in Alice Springs detention centres were Aboriginal. In this powerful portrait, made in collaboration with Dujuan's family, Maya Newell puts the beauty, resilience, and challenges of the Northern Territory’s Indigenous children in the spotlight.

Following the film we welcome director Maya Newell and Global Director, Good Pitch at Doc Society Malinda Wink for a ScreenTalk hosted by Elin Martínez (Human Rights Watch). 

Australia 2019 Dir Maya Newell 84 min

A note to any attending Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers that the film contains images and voices of deceased persons.


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