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.
With the guidance of Arrernte elders our shared vision is that it will not reiterate the ignorance or the statistics of injustice, abuse and neglect we so often see when we turn on the news, but will creatively accentuate the strengths, the insights of Dujuan, his family, his community and through their story, First Nations families everywhere.
DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER Maya Newell
PRODUCERS/CO-WRITERS Sophie Hyde, Larissa Behrendt and Rachel Nanninaaq Edwardson
CULTURAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Felicity Hayes
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS Lisa Sherrard & Alex Kelly
IMPACT PRODUCER Alex Kelly, Maya Newell, Lisa Sherrard
ADVISORS Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, William Tilmouth,Amelia Turner, Carol Turner, Megan Turner, and Josie Douglas.