Rabbit Proof Fence

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Though Philip Noyce’s 2002 movie “Rabbit Proof Fence” challenges cultural beliefs and social values, it is equally about finding a place in the belief system for Indigenous Australians. It mounts a very serious challenge to accepted notions of equality and fairness, but just as clearly demands that our traditional reverence for courage and the challenge in the face of adversity extends to marginalised groups traditionally ignored in the creation of our national value system. The qualities shown by the Indigenous children are seen as qualities trumpeted by a Christian European belief system. Despite the fact that the authority ostensibly believed in the removal of ‘half-caste’, it was actually an echo of the Nazi racial policy. This is seen in the theory behind the ‘assimilation’ in A.O Neville’s (director of Aboriginal safety) slideshow presentation displayed as a gentile and civilised government process. Neville state’s that the ‘unwanted third race’ must be ‘bred out’ and not left to fester. This suggests his department’s misguided, yet sincere approach to the Indigenous welfare. This provides sufficient evidence that the forced removal policies were an attempt at systematic genocide. The practice of this theory was shown through the state sanctioned kidnapping in the desert of Jigalong, the three half-caste girls home. The anguish was evident on the mothers face as the girls were chased down and forcibly thrown into the back of the police car, to be taken to the Moore river settlement, aimed to strip half-castes of traditional values and beliefs. The inclusion of this scene by Noyce was aimed to repel a modern audience, and to question the viewer’s culpability. When taken to the mission they were stripped of all their previous rights, forced to speak English and learn Christianity. The girls in the mission nicknamed Neville ‘Mr. Devil’. Neville is not depicted as an evil character; he rather contained a bland evil marked with good intentions. It is strangely...
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