In My Blood it Runs is a documentary about the life of an Indigenous child, Dujuan. It shows his struggles with the education system and highlights the ongoing disadvantage and dispossession experienced by Aborginal people in this country.
“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.”
Dujuan is an example of a young person making a big difference in the world through speaking up. When he was 12 years old when he spoke at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva – one of the youngest people to do so. He spoke about the need to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 -14, highlighting how this system particularly impacts indigenous children.
“Right now in Australia, 10 year old children can be locked up. We should be helping children and families get back on track, not locking them up. All evidence shows that the younger the child is involved in the justice system, the higher the rate of recidivism. Send a message to our leaders that we want to raise the age to at least 14 in line with international child rights standards. We support our partner organisations Amnesty International and Human Rights Law Centre.”