KIDS

Feature documentary

 

“Everyone talks about making our children ready for school, but we have to make school ready for our children.”  Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, Arrernte Elder and Advisor

 

In tandem with the development of the film itself the team are working alongside Central Australian Arrernte community leaders and national partners to develop an impact distribution strategy. Walk with us - we would love you be part of the journey. SIGN UP HERE

 

 

Developed with the assistance of Screen Australia and Goodpitch


Investors

        

Synopsis

Ten-year-old Dujuan is a child-healer, a good hunter, speaks two Indigenous languages, but is ‘failing’ in school. With little space in the western system for Dujuan’s language and culture his grandmother Carol is fighting a loving battle to give him a strong Arrernte education alongside his western education lest he become another statistic in juvenile detention or the welfare system. We walk with him as he grapples this educational schism and somewhere in-between finds a 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.

Credits


CULTURAL EXECUTIVE PRODUCER


Felicity Hayes

DIRECTOR

Maya Newell

in collaboration with Carol, Megan,

James and Dujuan


PRODUCERS

 

Sophie Hyde, Larissa Behrendt, 

Rachel Nanninaaq Edwardson and Maya Newell

 

IMPACT TEAM

 

Alex Kelly

ASSOCIATE IMPACT PRODUCER

 

Bee Cruse

ADVISORS

Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM, William Tilmouth, 

Aggnes Abbott, Amelia Turner, Carol Turner,

Megan Turner, Bianca Turner, James Mawson, 

Jane Vadiveloo, and Josie Douglas.

 

PRODUCTION MANAGER / ACCOUNTS

Lisa Sherrard