Movie Reviews:

Rabbit-Proof Fence

Following the removal from their traditional home and subsequent transport to a mandatory school, Molly, Daisy, and Gracie manage to escape. Rabbit-Proof Fence is the remarkable and true story of their nine-week journey across the Australian outback back to their ancestral home.

What is perhaps unique about this film is its ability to present both sides of the story with depth, understanding, and even compassion. Although the reasoning behind the schools is incomprehensible, it has been well-articulated throughout the film. As a result, this film lends itself to a discussion of the complexities of the decision by many governments to create mandatory schooling for Aboriginal children.

Rabbit-Proof Fence is not only the journey of three young girls, but could serve as a metaphor for the journey of Aboriginal people back to the ways that they know and back to the sources of their strength. It is about drawing upon what has been learned in ways that enhance survival in the face all adversity.

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