Rabbit-Proof Fence is one of my all-time favourite movies and one of the best human rights focused movies. Directed by Phillip Noyce in 2002, based on the book “Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence”, by Doris Pilkington Garimara, the film poignantly tells the story of mixed race Aboriginal girls in the 1930’s and the horrors and hardships they faced. The Aboriginal girls, run away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families, after being placed there in 1931. The film follows the mixed raced Aboriginal girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community, no easy task. The whole while the girls are being pursued by white law enforcement authorities and an Aboriginal tracker. The film is very important as it draws attention to the racist policies and laws enforced in Australia at this time. It also creates debate and dialogue around the impact of these policies and laws on Aboriginal communities today. In Australia, during this time the government had a policy to bred out the Aboriginals by forcing mixed raced Aboriginals to marry white people and those the reasoning being that Aboriginal “blood” will diminish. There is the famous LOST GENERATION of Aboriginals taken from their communities and put into camps, foster homes and/or white families. This film addresses all of these issues.

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