Rabbit-Proof Fence

Based on a true story, Rabbit-Proof Fence moves with dignified grace from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that’s moving beyond words. The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia. It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. Gracie, Daisy, and Molly belong to Australia’s “stolen generations,” and this riveting film (based on the book by Molly’s daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara) follows their escape and tenacious journey homeward, while a stubborn policy enforcer (Kenneth Branagh) demands their recapture. Director Phillip Noyce chronicles their ordeal with gentle compassion, guiding his untrained, aboriginal child actors with a keen eye for meaningful expressions. Their performances evoke powerful emotions (subtly enhanced by Peter Gabriel’s excellent score), illuminating a shameful chapter of Australian history while conveying our universal need for a true and proper home. –Jeff Shannon

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  1. I had never heard of the “stollen generation” until I viewed this movie. Every scene was emotional and shot perfectly so the viewer could have a sense of what the girls felt. Their long journey is unimaginable, and I would have never thought it true if i hadn’t seen the movie and read articles about them. The multiple story-lines that follow the girl, their seekers and their mothers combine naturally to tell the story from all point of views. This movie wonderfully pays tribute to this “stollen generation.”

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