Ask the important questions together with your class.
“They ask us to make our children ready for school, but why can’t we make schools ready for our children?”
MARGARET KEMARRE TURNER, ARRERNTE ELDER AND FILM ADVISOR
How we can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to have equal access to education and make classrooms safe and respectful places for all students?
When Dujuan cannot run nor fight alone, he faces the history that runs straight into him and realises that he has not only inherited the trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people.
The intimacy of the film and the delicacy with which it has represented the complex struggles of Dujuan and his family’s lives has been achieved through a deep and collaborative process between the filmmaking team and the family.
Cool Australia has designed a suite of Year 9 & 10 English lessons in partnership with the filmmakers, to help teachers and students safely and meaningfully engage with In My Blood It Runs.
It is essential that teachers watch the In My Blood It Runs documentary in full before showing it to students. There are many themes, concepts and events in the film that teachers need to be aware of and reflect upon so that they can provide sufficient safety and support for students.
In My Blood it Runs is classified as PG, and resources aim to ensure schools are safe learning spaces for all students by expanding our knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and worldviews.
Accessing the film
In My Blood It Runs is now available for
An educational DVD (54 minutes)
In My Blood It Runs: Years 9 & 10 English
United Nations: Global discussion
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.
Dujuan’s address occurred after filming, and has been incorporated in the third lesson addressing the Rights of the Child.
“It has had an influence upon my thinking that will not leave me.”
More about the film
In My Blood It Runs is an intimate and compassionate observational documentary from the perspective of a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Australia, who is faced with the challenge of balancing his identity as a First Nations child with state education.
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 intergenerational trauma and dispossession of his land, but also the resilience and resistance of many generations of his people.
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.
We recommend that before you teach the lessons, you have accessed the free professional learning resource, which has been co-developed by Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawali team, and watched the film with your class.
The Stronger Smarter Institute and Reconciliation Australia have developed easy to access professional learning for teachers to assist in delivering some of the challenging themes. If you have not yet undertaken cultural training you can find out more at In My Blood It Runs Professional Development.
A note from the film team:
The truths of our nation’s history since colonisation/invasion have not been typically taught in schools and universities, and if they have, they may have been taught in ways that marginalise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives. As such, it is not uncommon for educators to feel unsure about how to approach teaching about the injustices committed against Australia’s First Nations peoples, and about how these past wrongs can continue to have an impact today.
In My Blood It Runs recognises this challenge and encourages educators to engage in ongoing learning and reflection, which may involve processes of “unlearning” and “relearning”— challenging assumptions and recognising that what was previously taught in schools about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures may have been inaccurate or incomplete. The film team and education partners strongly encourage educators to further their understanding of themes in the film by taking up Professional Development opportunities.
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