‘Rabbit proof fence’
Knowledge and understanding
The film ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’, Directed by Phillip Noyce, has created a powerful and moving film based on the true story of three young aboriginal girls who were forcibly taken from their families in Jigalong, W.A, 1931. The film gives the audience an insight into the aboriginal culture and spirituality. It also exposes the racist government policies that were applied to the aboriginal people and resulted in what is now known as the ‘stolen generation’.
The film raises numerous facts and issues on family values and culture. The aboriginal family in this film, showed hunting and tracking skills, their connection to the land, and the environment and living conditions. An example of these themes would be one of the beginning scenes where Molly captures a goanna for food (this is an example of the hunting skills past down from generations, almost like a tradition). The girls also walked into a river and Molly put Daisy’s bag on the opposite side, from they way they walked, thus made it much harder for the tracker to catch the young girls and was a smart tracking skill she had learnt again from her family.A scene that exposes the environment and habitat of the aboriginal family is the scene where Molly brings back the goanna to there little shelter hut presumably there home.
Aboriginality has increased my understanding mostly through the theme ‘the stolen generation’. Aspects of this would be lack of rights for aboriginals, the government policies and the missions. In the scene towards the beginning, the girls are taken away from their family because it was government policy to teach young aboriginals children and half castes the ways of the white man. The government did this because the white society believed the aboriginals were unable to raise there children in a civilized manner. Before watching this film I have to admit that I was unaware of who and what the stolen...
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