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A Comparison Between Two Film's Portraying Aboriginal Racism Rabbit Proof Fence And Yolungu Boy

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They Aboriginal people are a very big part of the Australian tradition and culture. have been living in the country for countless generations peacefully until white settlers came upon the land and took over. Innocent natives were murdered, they were starved, stripped of their land and of their children. These are only some of the things that have been consequences of aboriginal racism. Today racism is still seen in the Australian lifestyle but it is not near as strong as it was many years back. Two films 'Yolungu Boy" and 'Rabbit Proof Fence' both portray aboriginal racism and unfairness to aboriginals in different ways and strengths as they were set in different time periods. One in 1930 and one in present day, the 21st century. A comparison of these two films would be made focusing on themes, major characters and symbols.The genres in both films are very similar because they both are focusing on one thing, aboriginals. Both films are Australian dramas, because they are made in Australia and they are both very dramatic. Also both films are very much of an Adventure. With trackers and policeman hot on their heels and having to steel food to survive. The girls make their own adventure as they race through the Australian wilderness. But one thing is evident, they don't want the adventure, they just want to get home. The boys in Yolungu Boy are much experiencing the same thing except they are not getting chased and unlike the girls they want an adventure.A major part of both films is the themes portrayed by it. By understanding what the themes are and what they mean to the story, you will have a better understanding of the actual film and what it actually means. The themes explored in the two films are both very different. Both films have racism present but in Yolungu Boy it is very light as it is in the 21st century already. In Rabbit Proof Fence it is very strong and evident as it is 1930 and the white culture still has not accepted aboriginals and started treating them fairly.A theme explored in the film Rabbit Proof Fence is an introduction of white culture to aboriginals. In the film, they are making the aboriginal children sing, pray and learn the English language etc. Most of these children don't accept the new culture and don't want to take part. In the other film white culture has already taken over many aboriginals and they accept it and in many cases like it and take part in it regularly. You see many of the main characters in white clothing and using white products.Another theme explored in the films is a parental love for their children. In Rabbit proof fence, the love shared between mother and daughters is evident. The mother takes care of them well and when they are taken away you can see the despair of her and the grandmother as she realises that they may not ever see the children again. In Yolungu Boy the situation is nearly of the reverse. One of the characters Botj, has received a bad upbringing by his parents (mainly his father)....

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