Rabbit-Proof Fence

This was an extremely powerful and moving movie based on a true story, my favorite kind of movie because it speaks truth and uplifts the spirit. Before watching this moving I had no idea that the Aboriginal people of Australia were treated with such disdain and inhumanness. These beautiful and peaceful people where so feared by the white people of Australia that they desired to breed them out of existence by stealing their half-caste children and uprooting them. I was burning with anger inside during the scene where Mr. Neville presents to a group of white Australians about how Moore River Settlement can do away with the Aboriginal people in a few generations by teaching them to act like white people and breeding them out with other whites, until there is no trace of the Aboriginal left. He was talking as if the Aboriginal was not in fact a human being, but an animal. It was heart wrenching to watch the scene in which Molly, Gracie and Daisy are taken from their mother. Their mom was heartbroken crying, wailing and even hitting a rock against her head several times. My heart was glad when Molly comes to the conclusion right before bed that Moore River is a bad place and that Mr. Neville and the others running the place are bad people. I was excited yet, apprehensive when she rallied her sister and cousin to run away with her the next day. After seeing the incident with the last girl that tried to run away, I was afraid that the same would happen to them. I think the director did a great job casting and portraying the character of the tracker. He was an Aboriginal who knew how to track like the best of them, yet he was stumped by Molly many times as he searches for her and her sisters. On many occasions you can see him almost smile as he realizes that he has been tricked and in one scene he even verbally acknowledges that she is a smart girl. You can see that he is a character torn between his job as tracker for the white man and his Aboriginal roots.

 I love the scene in which the three girls first find the rabbit-proof fence. They are so excited; you can just see the hope of home upon their faces. The movie just draws you further and further into the emotional plight of not only these three girls on their quest to return home, but the plight of all the Aboriginal people. Another scene that made me angry was when the children met the other Aboriginal woman who had “graduated” from Moore River who helped provide a place for them to spend the night. The children made the decision to stay with her despite the risk of being captured again after she pleaded with them to stay so that the white man would not come back to sleep with her. It was a very emotional scene that only seemed to reinforce Molly’s desire to make it home and escape the horrible life that awaited her if she stayed in Moore River. The end of this movie made me happy to know that these two sisters walked half way across Australia against much opposition, spurred on only by the hope of home and the love of family, and finally made it safely back to the arms of their mother and grandmother. I couldn’t help but chuckle when I read the conclusion of the story on the screen at the end of the movie, which said that Molly was eventually captured and taken back to Moore River, but that she ran away again and walked all the way back to home to Jigalong. Wow, I couldn’t help but have a lot of respect for her and her determination to be a free Aboriginal woman. I loved getting to see the real Molly and Daisy at the end of the credits, two old Aboriginal women, happy together. I also enjoyed the native music that played throughout the movie, adding to the films authenticity. Overall I enjoyed this film very much and am grateful for the opportunity to learn about the plight of the Aboriginal people of Australia.

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September 5, 2010. Movie Reflections.

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