In My Blood It Runs by Maya Newell, in collaboration with the Arrernte and Garrwa Indigenous communities, captures a young, talented healer named Dujuan as he and his family find their voice as an oppressed Indigenous family in the Northern regions of Australia.
In the film, it is evident Newell has formed a strong bond with Dujuan and his family. There is a level of trust that allows for very intimate moments captured on camera. Because of this trust, we also come to learn a lot about the current issues affecting Indigenous people in Australia. Much work has yet to be done to improve their situation, and for the government to make the changes necessary as well.
Newell’s camera work allows for the essence of Dujuan’s personality and strength of character comes across on-screen. He may be 10-years-old yet he’s wise beyond his years, and so very inspiring.
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