Case study

In My Blood It Runs (2019)


When Dujuan cannot run nor fight alone, he faces the history that runs straight into him and realises that not only has he inherited the trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people.

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Produced by Larissa Behrendt, Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, Maya Newell, Sophie Hyde, and Lisa Sherrard. Directed by Maya Newell. Impact team - Unquiet.


Hot Docs Film Festival, Canada 2019

General release
Screened in over 50 film festivals around the world, theatrical release in Australia, USA, UK, virtual-cinema during Covid19 lockdowns, community and partner screenings and broadcast on ABC + Netflix (Aus), ARTE (Europe), POV/PBS (USA).

Key Impacts

The Arrernte and Garrwa families and communities behind this feature documentary have guided a multi-year impact campaign focusing on three main goals: education, juvenile justice and racism. The centring of self determination and agency of communities to lead their own solutions was the primary message that led this campaign. 

  • 11 year-old Dujuan speaking to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Increasing the profile of the #RaisetheAge campaign - seeking to raise the age of incareration in Australian children

  • Supporting NIYEC to raise funds and launch the First Nations education campaign Learn Our Truth

  • Getting the film in to 2500+ classrooms (and counting) while helping launch the NIYEC Learn Our Truth campaign

  • Raising of 120k for a school on Dujuan's homelands with Children's Ground

  • Supporting the foundation of Utyerre Apanpe - a national network of First Nations educators leading reform in education by championing First Nations learning systems.

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  • 2019 Best Documentary – Social & Political Issues ATOM Awards

  • 2019 Best Documentary – AACTA Award Nominee

  • 2019 Best Cinematography – AACTA Award Nominee

  • 2019 Best Australian Documentary – Stronger than Fiction Film Festival

  • 2019 Best Documentary Nominee - Warsaw International Film Festival 

  • 2019 Audience Award – Darwin International Film Festival

  • 2019 Audience Award – Byron Bay Film Festival

  • 2019 Best Documentary Nominee – Walkley Awards

  • 2019 Best Documentary Nominee - Durban International Film Festival - 

  • 2020  Australian Critics Circle Awards – Nomination

  • 2020 Winner of Best Feature Documentary – Olympia Film Festival (Greece)

  • 2020 Best Direction in Documentary - Australian Directors Guild 

  • 2020 Best Socio-political Documentary Award -Beyond Borders Film Festival, Greece

  • 2020 Winner Young Voltaire Human Rights Award - Dujuan Hoosan

Dujuan addresses the UN

“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.

Impact Film + Report

We share the story of four years in the making of the film and another four years of its impact campaign.

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