Rabbit-proof Fence

Rabbit-proof Fence

Streaming Video - 2002
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RABBIT-PROOF FENCE - featuring the Golden Globe - nominated score by Peter Gabriel - is the powerful true story of hope and survival, and has been met with international acclaim! At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate then into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp! Molly and the girls, part of what would become known as Australia's 'Stolen Generation', must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home! As shown by this outstanding motion picture, their universally touching plight and unparalleled courage are a beautiful testament to the undying strength of the human spirit!
Publisher: [United States] : Entertainment One : Made available through hoopla, 2002.
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (approximately 94 min.)) :,sound, color


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Aug 30, 2017

It's heartbreaking to learn how Aboriginal people around the world got exploited by white people or settlers: the Lost Generation in Australia, residential school victims in Canada... However, it's amazing to see these courageous girls fought back for their freedom in the movie, based on a true story. The bonus feature was interesting as well, showing how these regular kids were casted for the movie.

Oct 21, 2016

This movie was so heart breaking I couldn't watch it past the kidnapping of the three children. Saying any more is just venting on my part.

Mar 31, 2015

A true story of how white civilized people manifested their civility when dealing with aboriginals who aren't civilized.

May 14, 2014

The 2 young actresses in this sad but true story were stunning in their performances.

Jun 19, 2013

This is an excellent documentary-type film about 3 children abducted by the Australian government in 1931. The children escape their captors and attempt to return home, 1200 miles away. One is captured but two make it back. I highly recommend watching the "Special Features" on the dvd. It describes the search for 3 young Aboriginal girls without any experience in film-making. It is definitely worth watching too.

Jun 13, 2013

This is a 2002 Australian film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book "Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence" by Doris Pilkington Garimara.
It is based on a true story concerning the author's mother, as well as two other mixed-race Aboriginal girls, who ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, north of Perth, Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families, after having been placed there in 1931.
The film follows the Aboriginal girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles (2,400 km) of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong.
For 100 years the Aboriginal People have resisted the invasion of their lands by white settlers.
In the 1930s, a special law called the "Aborigines Act" controlled their lives in every detail.
Mr. A. O. Neville, the Chief Protector of Aborigines, was the legal guardian of every Aborigine in the State of Western Australia.
He had the power "to remove any half-caste child" from their family, from anywhere within the state.
Mr. Neville was Chief Protector of Aborigines in Western Australia for 25 years.
He retired in 1940.
Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families throughout Australia until 1970.
Today many of these Aboriginal people continue to suffer from this destruction of identity, family life and culture.
They are called the "Stolen Generations."
From today's point of view the whole thing is clearly a violation of basic human rights.
It is amazing that in the 1930s th Australians considered it to be a nice and normal conduct that re-inventing half-caste children as members of "white" Australian society.

Mar 11, 2013

An evocative documentary that illustrates the grief when indigenous and colonial societies collide. The double standards that create the 'problem' of half-caste children are the root of the hypocrisy that makes this movie so startling. The discounted theories of eugenics are a recurrent theme. There is no happy ending. A stark, hostile landscape captured with stunning cinematography.

Jun 10, 2012

Depressing saga, based on a true story, of the atrocities performed on these gentle native Australian people, performed by the whites, in the name of 'civilization', less than a century ago. Reminiscent of the treatment, somewhat, to native Americans, Inuits, etc. Happened (happens) all over the globe. Disgusting. How could they live with themselves? Or even sleep at night? Maybe someday people will "live and let live" before it's too late. The overpowering message here is "love conquers any obstacle", with the inspirational courage of these three young girls. Film's ending is very moving - I ran out of Kleenex.

Gary Geiserman
Apr 09, 2012

Phillip Noyce is the man. I've seen many of his films and all are very good. Including this one. I'd advise seeing them all, starting with News Front, which I saw alone in the theater a long time ago...many are not in the BPL including Catch a Fire and The Saint. "Dirt Music" with Russell Crowe as a down and out country singer (must be a lot of them) is scheduled next.

May 23, 2011

great movie...remarkable true story about the aborigines in australia in the 30s....

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Jun 10, 2012

Molly Craig (repeated, about everybody in Moore River): "This people... make me sick!"

Jun 10, 2012

Moodoo (tracking Molly): "This girl is clever. She wants to go home."

Jun 10, 2012

A.O. Neville: "If only they would understand what we are trying to do for them."

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