Rabbit-proof Fence

Rabbit-proof Fence

DVD - 2002
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In 1931, Molly and her younger cousins, Gracie and Daisy, were three half-caste children from Western Australia who were taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution, were taught to forget their families, their culture, and re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. The three girls begin an epic journey back to Western Australia, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water, and navigating by following the fence that has been build across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits.
Publisher: Alliance Atlantis, 2002.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION RAB
Characteristics: 1 DVD (94 min.)


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Aug 07, 2020

This, and so many other stories, should make us all reflect on what human beings were capable of in order to attain their desires.
Today we see it for what it was... shameful.

Jul 31, 2019

VERY GOOD 2002 Australian film depicting 3 half-caste (half white/half aboriginal) girls who escape/leave the settlement they have been sent to go back to their homes. The idea of sending them to the settlements was that they would then presumably become labourers and servants to white families, regarded as a "good" situation for them in life. Eventually if they marry, it will be to white people and thus the Aboriginal "blood" will diminish. Unusual idea and Australia is only place I've heard of it being attempted.

Jun 27, 2019

Why oh why did we think our way is better why are we so afraid of different

Aug 30, 2017

It's heartbreaking to learn how Aboriginal people around the world got exploited by white people or settlers: the Lost Generation in Australia, residential school victims in Canada... However, it's amazing to see these courageous girls fought back for their freedom in the movie, based on a true story. The bonus feature was interesting as well, showing how these regular kids were casted for the movie.

Oct 21, 2016

This movie was so heart breaking I couldn't watch it past the kidnapping of the three children. Saying any more is just venting on my part.

Mar 31, 2015

A true story of how white civilized people manifested their civility when dealing with aboriginals who aren't civilized.

May 14, 2014

The 2 young actresses in this sad but true story were stunning in their performances.

Jun 19, 2013

This is an excellent documentary-type film about 3 children abducted by the Australian government in 1931. The children escape their captors and attempt to return home, 1200 miles away. One is captured but two make it back. I highly recommend watching the "Special Features" on the dvd. It describes the search for 3 young Aboriginal girls without any experience in film-making. It is definitely worth watching too.

Jun 13, 2013

This is a 2002 Australian film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Doris Pilkington Garimara.
It is based on a true story concerning the author's mother, as well as two other mixed-race Aboriginal girls, who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families, after having been placed there in 1931.
The film follows the Aboriginal girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong.
For 100 years the Aboriginal People have resisted the invasion of their lands by white settlers.
In the 1930s, a special law called the "Aborigines Act" controlled their lives in every detail.
Mr. A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, was the legal guardian of every Aborigine in the State of Western Australia.
He had the power "to remove any half-caste child" from their family, from anywhere within the state.
Mr. Neville was Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia for 25 years.
He retired in 1940.
Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families throughout Australia until 1970.
Today many of these Aboriginal people continue to suffer from this destruction of identity, family life and culture.
They are called the "Stolen Generations."
From today's point of view the whole thing is clearly a violation of basic human rights.
It is amazing that in the 1930s th Australians considered it to be a nice and normal conduct that re-inventing half-caste children as members of "white" Australian society.

Mar 11, 2013

An evocative documentary that illustrates the grief when indigenous and colonial societies collide. The double standards that create the 'problem' of half-caste children are the root of the hypocrisy that makes this movie so startling. The discounted theories of eugenics are a recurrent theme. There is no happy ending. A stark, hostile landscape captured with stunning cinematography.

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Jun 10, 2012

Molly Craig (repeated, about everybody in Moore River): "This people... make me sick!"

Jun 10, 2012

Moodoo (tracking Molly): "This girl is clever. She wants to go home."

Jun 10, 2012

A.O. Neville: "If only they would understand what we are trying to do for them."

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