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Rabbit Proof Fence - Story

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Rabbit Proof Fence is a touch in depth story about survival and the will to go on as 3 young girls attempt to escape the odds and walk 1500 miles back to their homeland. The movie starts off with the 3 girls Molly, Gracie and Daisy interacting with their family in their homeland Jigalong. Then the girls are abducted and taken to River Moore Native settlement. The kidnapping of the girls are orchestrated by the governments which under policy are forcibly able to remove half cast children from their families.

Upon arriving the children become part of the native settlement learning the ways of the white Australians running the camp. Shortly after arriving the girls are led my molly and escape from the camp and begin the 1500 mile search back to their homeland. The girls are able to walk a majority of the way undetected through numerous deceitful events. It is unbelievable that the girls are able to find their way back to Jigalong without encountering the tracker or the police on their 9 week journey. The movie is based on the stolen generation as the identity of many of the children and the native settlement were lost due to the education and different beliefs.

It lacks in certain areas explaining the importance of exact information pertaining to the cultures represented in the film. All that is described is the symbol of the fence and the inability of the half caste society to control what is done to them. Without the consent of the family the girls are abruptly kidnapped. The society lives without any advantages that the white Australians have. Mr Neville is the head of the Native River Moore Settlement. It is his choice who is taken to this camp. He views the people in Jigalong as his problem and tries to help them by bringing them to the camp.

The Jigalong natives are spoiled with the materialistic necessities that the white Australian possess. The Australian feel their culture is egocentric. At the Moore River Camp the children are treated like half animal and half slave. They are told what to say, what to do, when to eat, rules to follow and basically what to think. The Jigalong natives are content on how their culture is how their society is run. They feel there is no need for the ideas and materials needed in the white society.



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