30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
An intimate, at times heart-wrenching portrait of Dujuan, an Aboriginal boy who cannot reconcile his gift as a traditional healer and the history of his people with the ‘whitefellas’ system he is compelled to be part of.
A self-described “bush kid,” he is disturbed by the history he is taught, the news he watches — specifically about Don Dale and other jails where young Aborigines are concentrated — and the pressures to behave in a certain way.
Fun-loving, bright and serious at once, his spirit and self esteem are being crushed and he looks to be walking the well-worn trail from foster care to “juvie” to jail. 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 film was shot in Alice Springs and homelands in the Northern Territory in a three-year collaboration between the filmmakers, the family and Arrernte and Garrwa Elders.
From the director of “Gayby Baby.”
Byron Shire Premiere
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