An intimate, at times heart-wrenching, portrait of Dujuan, an Aboriginal boy who cannot reconcile his gift as a traditional healer and the history of his people with the whitefella system he is compelled to be part of. A self-described “bush kid”, he is disturbed by the history he is taught, the news he watches – specifically about Don Dale and other jails where young Aborigines are concentrated – and the pressures to behave in a certain way.
Fun-loving, bright and serious at once, his spirit and self esteem are being crushed and he looks to be walking the well-worn trail from foster care to “juvie” to jail. We walk with him, share his dreams and hopes for his future self. The film was shot in Alice Springs and homelands in the Northern Territory in a three-year collaboration between the filmmakers, the family and Arrernte and Garrwa Elders.
Director Maya Newell will join us for a very special panel after the film run by the Stronger Smarter Institute. In My Blood It Runs is not just a film, it is an impact campaign driving social change guided by the Arrernte and Garrwa families onscreen. Our approach to change is partnership & movement based. We proudly support the work of our partner organisation The Stronger Smarter Institute who are leading solutions in cultural proficiency in the Australian education system.
The Stronger Smarter Institute are the largest Indigenous education initiative in Australia. The Institute’s unique, transformative and highly regarded programs equip educators with the tools and practices to enact high-expectations relationships in their schools classrooms and communities leading to sustainable change in student outcomes. Rated 6.7/7 by our alumni and described in an independent university survey as “nothing short of exceptional” the Institute will lead a compelling panel discussion following the film with respected Indigenous educators as they share their knowledge and insight on the issues that affect 10 year old Dujuan in the classroom.”
An award-winning venue in the heart of Byron Bay. Lovingly called ‘Festival HQ’ the inaugural festival occurred here in January 2006 screening just 55 Australian Films and BBFF has grown steadily every year and grown its presence across the Community Centre.
The films screening here are eclectic, colourful, quirky, sometimes challenging, sometimes inspirational, but always intriguing, just like Byron’s own uniquely diverse community. Completed in late 2002, The Byron Community Centre is a world-class venue in the heart of Byron Bay. This multi-purpose facility hosts a great variety of activities including performing arts events, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, receptions and functions. It also accommodates the Bay FM Community Radio, Liberation Larder, Planet Corroboree (an Aboriginal art and craft shop) and Fundamentals (a natural health store).
The Centre plays a major community development function in the Byron shire. Over 20+ years it has established many community services, helping create over 60 jobs and bringing in over $10 million to the local community.