During NAIDOC Week, the Foy’s team were thrilled to host a film screening of “In My Blood It Runs”, a distinctive look at the life and times of Dujuan, a ten year old boy, his hopes and dreams, and what it means, for him, his community and the many challenges, both internal and external.
Before the film we took our guests around to experience some digital first Australian experiences. Virtual Songlines 360 experiences allowed our guests to go back in time and walk around with their device and listen to virtual elders sharing yarns. We then Demonstrated the historically and culturally accurate day-in-the-life quest experience on our large wall.
Once we were fully immersed, our guests were captivated with both the premise of the film, the story, and how the film sparked much discussion on what first nations children deal with, from all aspects of everyday life.
For a young man such as Dujuan, the amazing star of the film, the expectations of fitting into both mainstream Australian, as well as first nations cultures, proves to be a difficult challenge. Following the screening, our guests enjoyed a thorough and in depth discussion about many of the facets of the film, with a few questions being posed to the audience by our host, who had a connection to the star, Dujuan.
The film spark a productive conversation with members of the audience, the subject of both indigenous youth, and the challenges they face, as well as how mainstream society, how it regards first nations people, and how both can benefit from each other.
The issues, such as education, health care and housing, were a talking point with our guests. The aspect of how first nations people are treated, have changed over the past thirty years or so, yet, there is still a stigma attached to many in mainstream suburban society, that Aboriginal people are regarded as second or even third class citizens.
Everyone agreed, that films such as “In My Blood It Runs” and others, that bring focus to a wider audience, and in turn, will raise awareness of challenges, trials and tribulations our first nations people face, not only today, but for generations to come, and perhaps, events such as the one Foy’s hosted, as well as NAIDOC Week, can celebrate the many wonderful and beautiful aspects of Aboriginal culture has to offer.