Rabbit-Proof Fence

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Rabbit-Proof Fence told the story of three Aboriginal girls who were taken from their families by the Australian government. The girls joined other Aboriginal children, called half-castes, in a community where they were taught to become “civilized”. The ultimate goal of this system was to “breed” the Aborigine people out of existence.

The three girls- Molly (14), Gracie (10), and Daisy (8)- reluctantly joined the other Aboriginal children. A short time into their stay, a rain storm approached and Molly decided that this was the perfect time for the three girls to make their escape.

After discovering that the girls had left, Moodoo (an Aboriginal tracker), takes off in order to capture the girls and return them to the camp. The girls cleverly evaded Moodoo for hundreds of miles across the deserted Australian terrain.

The three girls quickly became infamous throughout Australia. Neville, the man who oversees the capture and development of half-castes, devices a plan to alert the girls that Gracie’s mother is in Wiluna. When Gracie finds this out from an Aboriginal traveler she deserts the other two girls and heads for the nearest train station. There she is caught by the Australian police and not heard from again.

After traveling over a thousand miles along Australia’s rabbit-proof fence, Molly and Daisy reunite with their mother and grandmother. Neville calls off the search of the girls due to lack of funds and the girls live “happily ever after”.

The final scene in the movie is real life footage of Molly and Daisy late in their lives. They are walking through Australian desert. Molly tells a little more of her story and how she had to escape from the Moore River Community a second time with her daughter.

This film, while boring at times, greatly depicted Australia’s “Stolen Generation”. The Stolen Generation is the generation of Aboriginal people who were taken from their families as children and struggled without their families for their entire lives. It is a film that shows the horrible actions that transpired against people of color in the past. I think films like these are very important because they teach about the past and allow our generation to move on and treat one another more equally.

Within the film, Voodoo was the most interesting character to me. His job is to track down the runaway Aboriginal children and return them to the Moore River Community. He himself is Aboriginal and has a daughter that is in the Community. This seems to me to be like slaves in America who helped the slave owners and whipped slaves. I can’t understand why they would do that. It is obvious that Voodoo does not want his daughter in the community, yet he prevents other kids from being with their families. This internal battle, to me, is quite interesting.

On top of the internal battle, Voodoo is interesting for other reasons. Voodoo does not speak. He only had one line in the entire movie when he said, “Those girls really want to get home.” I believe that he has a connection with these girls. At times in the movie he smiles because of smart moves that the girls made to throw him off of their trail. Voodoo really made the movie a lot more watchable for me.

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One thought on “Rabbit-Proof Fence

  1. Overall I think you did an awesome job describing the plot of the film in chronological order. It was a good idea to mention the “Stolen Generation” as well because viewers of this film and this blog may have never known this movie was based off true events. Phillip Noyce, the director of this movie even said this film made him the most proud out of all his movies because he was able to show the audience what really happened in Australia during this time period.

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