Rabbit Proof Fence

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Rabbit Proof Fence – an Australian movie released in 2002, focusing on Australia’s history with the government taking mixed kids and putting them into camps where they are re-educated by white people. This movie was captivating enough to keep me interested throughout the whole movie but very predictable at times. The way that the characters were introduced made it easy to follow along and also throughout I reevaluated Neville’s role and if he was completely all bad. This movie consisted in three young girls trekking hundreds of miles to get back home. One of the girls, Gracie, that didn’t make it coincidentally was the same girl that wanted to stay in the camp they were moved to. I felt like they created this predicted outcome with Gracie being taken – throughout the movie she portrays weakness and fear. Other themes in characteristics I noticed was: Molly – Strength / Courage Moodoo – Conflicted Neville – Authority.

The characters were simple to follow,

  • Three young children looking to get back home
  • Mom and Grandma awaiting their children
  • Government officials
  • Camp teachers
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  1. I agree that Moodoo was definitely conflicted, however I think he also demonstrated tenacity. Part of his conundrum was his daughter. I think the reason he stayed and took the abuse was to watch over his daughter in what ever way he could. The safest place, in this messed up situation, was in that camp far away from home. Though he had to obey the “white mans” command to retrieve runaways, in a way he was saving them. They endured much abuse in their new “home” but at least they would be alive, which may not have been the case had they been left to wander in the desert. Moodoo probably could have taken his daughter and ran, never to be found, but unforeseen consequences may have occurred especially when trekking through a desert. He may have taken the most cowardly path, but it was by far the safest.

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