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RABBIT-PROOF FENCE

Phillip Noyce | 2002 | 93 MINS
Australia
In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape their settlement - after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff - and set off on a journey across the Outback.

In Detail

Special detention centres were set up across the continent to keep the mixed-race children from "contaminating" the rest of Australian society. Having been forcibly separated from their mothers, three girls - Molly, Daisy and Gracie - escape from the settlement.

As the three girls flee across the vast landscape, they are pursued by the authorities and an Aboriginal tracker named Moodoo (David Gulpilil), Noyce's sensitive dramatization swaps angry politics for emotional sympathy, concentrating on the plight of the children instead of ranting against the authorities. ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ stands as a powerful, worthy testimony to the suffering of the Stolen Generations. Music by Peter Gabriel.

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