Rabbit Proof Fence Notes

Topics: Indigenous Australians, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Stolen Generations Pages: 2 (499 words) Published: March 16, 2013

Title: Rabbit Proof Fence
Composer: Phillip Noyce
Screen Play: Christine Olsen
Year: 2002
Text Type: Film
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
* Dorris Pilkington Garimara's book; Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence  
* Non-indigenous People
* Possibly Internationally
* To inform responders of the injustices done to Aboriginal Australians * To persuade responders to empathise with victims of the stolen generations * To provide a historical commentary providing information for international interests * To allow a modern audience to empathise with the situation Aboriginal Australians were put in Context:

* Based on a true story
* Set in the year 1931 in Jigalong, a remote community in Western Australia * Australia's Chief Protector of Aborigines (since 1915)- A.O. Neville enacted controversial policy to remove aboriginal children from their families. * Policy stated: mixt race aboriginal children ("half-castes") were to be removed from their families and assimilated into predominantly white society. Neville saw this as a way of "saving" aboriginal people because new white settlements displaced large number of natives. * Film prompted by Bringing Them Home report by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission (time of Keating Government). Report found the policies constituted genocide within terms of Convention of the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948). * Estimated 30,000 children removed from families between 1900 and late 1960's. * These tragic stories of the stolen generation were untold until recently  

* Set in WA in 1930's, begins in remote town of Jigalong (northern part of RPF) * 3 children live with mother and grandmother. Molly (14) and Daisy (8) are sisters and their cousin Gracie (10). * "Protector" of Western Australian Aborigines, A.O. Neville orders "half-caste" children to be removed and put in...
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