Rabbit-proof Fence

Rabbit-proof Fence

DVD - 2003
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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 built across the nation to stem an over-population of rabbits.
Publisher: [United States] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003], ©2002
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9780788839498
0788839497
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ra
Description: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG; for emotional thematic elements

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JLIOlib
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.

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firefly5
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.

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JackPurcell
Mar 31, 2015

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

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crochetmama61
May 14, 2014

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

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Pattycakes_959
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.

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akirakato
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.

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Liber_vermis
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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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

Depressing saga, based on a true story, of the atrocities performed on these gentle native Australian people, performed by the whites, in the name of 'civilization', less than a century ago. Reminiscent of the treatment, somewhat, to native Americans, Inuits, etc. Happened (happens) all over the globe. Disgusting. How could they live with themselves? Or even sleep at night? Maybe someday people will "live and let live" before it's too late. The overpowering message here is "love conquers any obstacle", with the inspirational courage of these three young girls. Film's ending is very moving - I ran out of Kleenex.

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Gary Geiserman
Apr 09, 2012

Phillip Noyce is the man. I've seen many of his films and all are very good. Including this one. I'd advise seeing them all, starting with News Front, which I saw alone in the theater a long time ago...many are not in the BPL including Catch a Fire and The Saint. "Dirt Music" with Russell Crowe as a down and out country singer (must be a lot of them) is scheduled next.

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nipper
May 23, 2011

great movie...remarkable true story about the aborigines in australia in the 30s....

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jun 10, 2012

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

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