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Discussing "Rabbit Proof Fence".

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Set in the extremely arid, outback lands of Western Australia, "Rabbit Proof Fence" is a film that depicts a story of a group of three young aboriginal girls, Molly-Craig, Daisy and Gracie, who made a 1500 mile trek through some of the toughest and driest terrain in the world, with no supplies, no water and no special clothing some seventy years ago. Now most would ask why would you embark on such a hike? The girls took part on this journey because they didn't want to be kept in the Moore River Mission Station. Supposedly, for their own good, the three girls had been stolen from their mothers, forcibly removed from their home at Jigalong and taken to this Mission Station, run by white Australians, whose sole purpose, according to official policy, was to 'educate' Aborigines so that they could grow up fitting in with white society. This ignorant abuse of the indigenous rights policy that led to the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their homes back in 1931 was still practiced until it was reconsidered and changed only in 1971. But has anything really changed today? ...read more.

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Rabbit Proof Fence is a film that silences many things, particularly the white-Australian logic behind the in-place policy to make the 'villain' the leader of the whites, Mr. Neville. Meanwhile the aborigines in the film, are portrayed as the victims who are trying to escape. An acclaimed Aboriginal Rights Activist Noel Pearson, mentioned something that truly backs up the film's view. Pearson said that Aborigines who want equal rights and opportunities also need to develop a stronger sense of responsibility and that aboriginal leaders should, "stop depicting their people as victims."3 Pearson also states that welfare, or "money for nothing", often has more detrimental effects on Aboriginal communities, than it has benefits. The local pub in the Curtain Spring's community in Alice Springs has imposed an alcohol ban for aborigines and this has caused a lot of commotion. Upon first sight of the pub, many visitors see this as an outright sign of discrimination. However, it was the 300 Aboriginal women of the area who in 1990 marched into the pub demanding the ban be set in place.4 After seeing this, the white visitors feel it is their need to take it on personally and some supply alcohol to the local Aborigines. ...read more.

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4. Australian Teachers of Media, 2003, Rabbit Proof Fence - A video recording review [online], Available from URL: http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0PAM/is_136/ai_106732185 (accessed 26th August 2004) 5. Rintoul, S. 2004, Document Page: Reconciliation Dreaming [online], Available from: URL: http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/australia/do/document?set=search&groupid=1&requestid=lib_australia&resultid=8&edition=&ts=D67AE6DA6CF1F0F2FC5672E33054CF14_1093519302116&urn=urn%3Abigchalk%3AUS%3BBCLib%3Bdocument%3B94970108 (accessed 26 August 2004) 6. Fickling, D. 2004, Document Page: Aboriginal TV Station Overturns Ban On Alcohol Advertising [online], Available from: URL: http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/australia/do/document?set=search&groupid=1&requestid=lib_australia&resultid=5&edition=&ts=D67AE6DA6CF1F0F2FC5672E33054CF14_1093517213357&urn=urn%3Abigchalk%3AUS%3BBCLib%3Bdocument%3B91872051 (accessed 26 August 2004) 7. Howson, P. & Moore, D. 2002, A Rabbit Proof Fence Full Of Holes [online], Available from: URL: www.ipe.net.au/RPFence.html (accessed 24 August 2004) 8. Schmidtke, M. & Alcorn, G. 2004, Document Page: Being John Howard [online], Available from: URL: http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/libweb/australia/do/document?set=search&groupid=1&requestid=lib_australia&resultid=10&edition=&ts=D67AE6DA6CF1F0F2FC5672E33054CF14_1093519728628&urn=urn%3Abigchalk%3AUS%3BBCLib%3Bdocument%3B98165988 (accessed 26 August 2004) 9. Keating, P. 1992, Paul Keating's Redfern Speech [online], Available from: URL: http://apology.west.net.au/redfern.html (accessed 29 August 2004) - 5 - 1 "A Rabbit Proof Fence Full of Holes" The Australian 2002 2 Paul Keating 10th December 1992- Launch of the International Year for the World's Indigenous People. 3 "Noel Pearson Puts Aboriginal Welfare Into Perspective" The Issue 1999 4 "Aboriginal TV Station Overturns Ban on Alcohol Advertising" The Lancet 2004 5 John Howard 2003 6 "Department of Indigenous Affairs" Website 2004 7 "Rabbit Proof Fence" Kenneth Branagh (Mr. Neville) 2002 Rabbit Proof Fence - Is this the real perception? By Mitchell McIlwain 1 ...read more.

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