Rabbit Proof Fence – Movie Review

This Australian film depicts the harrowing true-life account of three aboriginal girls.

Arts, Editorial / ,

19 October 2008

 

Set in Western Australia during the 1930’s, Rabbit Proof Fence tells the tale of three girls who were forcibly removed from their rural home, taken to government schools, and their eventual escape and return to their village over vast arid distances.

The movie opens the world up to many of the racial injustices perpetuated by the Australian government against their indigenous populations – something the U.S. can identify with. What was remarkable to me however was their forced ‘breeding’ program which sought to wipe-out mixed race people through proscribed marriage based upon external physical characteristics (skin color). I simply hadn’t known that sort of program was part of Australian history.

The acting is superb both by the children and by the white government officials. The movie took me back to how tough living in the ‘outback’ can be – especially in the 1930’s. Rent this one.

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