Rabbit Proof Fence A Movie By Phillip Noyce.

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Rabbit Proof Fence is not a movie, but a tale. A tale of courage, a struggle against allodds, and determination. But this is no movie, no fiction novel. This is a true story,the journey and the hardships are true. This happened 70 years ago. But was the wayin which Philip Noyce, director of the film, re-created the account biased or un-biasedto the actual story? Was the film overly sympathetic to one colour or the other?The story begins when the 3 Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie are happilyliving in a settlement near Jigalong depot. When the officer for Aboriginal affairsorders that they be sent to Moore River settlement for being half-caste (oneAboriginal and one Caucasian parent), there is great sadness in the JigalongAboriginal settlement. The girls arrive at Moore River settlement, an Aboriginal'education' centre, where they are forced to go to church, make clothing and are onlyallowed rations. When one day the girls are asked to take out the chamber bucketwhile everyone else is at church, they make a hasty escape to try to get home. This isnot an easy journey, especially with the Aboriginal tracker on their tails, and they arestarving, dehydrated and weak. They encounter several helpers along the way, whoprovide them with food, water, clothing, directions and shelter, but they still do notknow who to trust. This dubious feeling that enshrouds them is enforced when theywere deceived- a so called 'helper' told them to be at Warrambula station as theirmother was going to visit, Gracie went and got taken away by Police. With onlyMolly and Daisy left, they once again must find home using the rabbit proof fence.Throughout the film, it alternates stories with the 3 girls and Mr Neville, the WesternAustralian officer for Aboriginal affairs. Mr Neville believes he is doing the rightthing for the Aborigines by educating them, then marrying them off to whites. Afterthree or four generations, the black skin would eventually be 'bred out'; meaning thatwhat was aboriginal will now be white skinned. The audience can see where he iscoming from, but it is just not fair to the individual Aboriginals and the Aboriginalrace as a whole. When he received news that the girls had escaped, he triedeverything to catch them and to stop the press from getting hold of what could be apromising story. He even sent a...

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