In this film ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter and speaks three languages, yet he 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.
The collaborative approach used to make this film is not ‘new’ but draws from a long line of First Nations initiatives, organisations, and filmmakers work both within Australia and internationally who have fought for the right to have agency over their own narratives.
Director: Maya Newell, Australia, 2019, 84 mins
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Date: Monday 29 November 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Tickets: standard £6 / concessions £4
Free for University of Plymouth students as part of SPiA (Student Participation in Arts) - Find out more.