Rabbit Proof Fence Analysis

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Rabbit Proof Fence: Straight from the Heart Reactions
Kortney McKee
Northern Illinois University

I could not find a copy of this movie to watch for a while. Then I checked YouTube and there it was the whole thing with subtitles. I do not remember if I watched it in class when previously enrolled, but I am glad I found it and glad I watched it. I have always been very interested in other cultures but I feel like I gloss over the information and come out with an idealistic view of how certain cultures have been and are treated. Unless the racism, hatred, stereotypes, and judgments are staring me in the face on a daily basis I feel like I come out with rainbows and gum drops for viewpoints.

Rabbit Proof Fence was hard to watch at first because of the language, but I stuck with it because I knew I had to and I hoped I would learn something. For the first 25 minutes of the film I took notes about the particulars but after that point, something told me to just watch the movie and absorb it. What I noticed within the first 25 minutes is that even though it was called a rabbit proof fence, I never once saw a rabbit and I question whether this is what was really a threat. It almost seems like Australia was being divided, the side that contained half-caste children, and the side that was believed to not. This theory was never confirmed or denied, but I still have my suspicions.

These children were doing nothing wrong, they were trying to be kids, they did not understand why Mr. Neville wanted to remove the half-caste children, the purpose was never explained to them; However, I believe that Molly knew. Molly was a very bright child and I think she knew that white people viewed half-castes as tainted, unwanted, etc. It seems Molly knew Moore River was just a concentration camp focused on injecting white Protestantism, and removing the Aborigine’s culture. Molly also seemed to realize it is not that simple. No matter how nice the white people at Moore River seemed,...
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