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May 23, 2004

Rabbit-Proof Fence

This time, for a change, the movie is from Down Under. It is a look at the often disregarded piece of Australian history, that of the role of aborigines, how their lives changed in the process to change the bush country of Australia into a civilized world.

From 1917 to 1970, half-caste aborigine children(one of their parents will be an aborigine and the other usually white), were systematically removed from their aboriginal homes and placed under government custody. This was supposed to convert them into civilized human beings who'll speak English and will end up as maids and bell-boys for the ruling class(read glorified slaves). The story follows the escape of three little girls, forcefully taken away from their mothers and placed in a government camp.

The girls make their escape from the government camp on a rainy night and the story follows their trail 1500 miles across the bush country to their homes and mothers. Its a true story, written by Doris Pilkington, who is the daughter of one of three girls(Molly Craig) who makes this historic and unbelievable flight to freedom. Directed by Philip Noyce, this movie is a tribute to the struggle of, what is termed as the Stolen Generations of Australia.

(p.s: if you like this movie check out movies in a similar vein, like Skins and Smoke Signals about native Americans made by acclaimed director - Chris Eyre)