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"In Rabbit Proof Fence, white society is presented as ignorant and narrow-minded" Discuss.

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"In Rabbit Proof Fence, white society is presented as ignorant and narrow-minded" Discuss. Phillip Noyce's film as text Rabbit Proof Fence explores the concept of the political and racial debate of the stolen generation, where the Australian Government implemented a policy which allowed half-caste children to be removed from their parents and trained to be domestic servants and farm laborers. The stolen generation policy was enforced in Australia from the early 1900's to 1970 and aimed to "breed out the Aboriginality" in half-caste children and thus remove a "third unwanted race". In the film, we witness the true epic journey of "three half-cast children; Molly, Daisy and their cousin Gracie" who in 1931 were removed from their mothers and "transported to Moore River Native Settlement". The girls, however, escape Moore River and defying all odds return to their family 1500 miles away using only Australia's continent spanning rabbit proof fence as a guide. Phillip Noyce is highly critical of the policy and through the use of music and various camera angles he highlights the ignorance and narrow mindedness of the policy and the suffering it caused to the Aboriginal people. ...read more.


The half-caste children are portrayed as being a nescience to society. The scene ends with us witnessing the three mothers on the floor crying and the grandmother in exceptional distress hitting herself over the head with a stone. Noyce reinforces this distress with a heightened volume of the sound of rock hitting skull. At Moore River the girls are traumatized even further when they are stripped of their identity and culture. They are forced to forget their parents. Nina who had been in Moore River for long time has even accepted that "we got no mother." Only Molly who has "to much of her own mind" believes "I got mother." Their language is banned, because it is regarded as "jabba...you speak English" and they are forced to accept Christianity or "they'll whip you and put you in the boob." When Mr Neville fist visits the settlement and "he's checkin' for the fairer ones" we see just how scared the children are. When Molly is called to be checked Noyce lengthens the time she takes to walk up the hill and heightens the sound of her labored breathing intensifying her fright. ...read more.


Even though he has a gun the love of the Aborigines makes them strong and Riggs is forced to retreat. The loss is power is shown to us by the lowering of the camera shot. Throughout the film the camera is angled up to show the hegemonic power of the whites, but the love now makes the Aborigines stronger and it is now they who are shown as being powerful. Even the all powerful "Mr Devil" is powerless against love. For the children the love is for their mothers and it consequently forces the three to separate and leads to the "re-capture" of Gracie. Noyce shows us that home is a place of belonging and not just the place the children live. So be referring to the fact that they want to "go home" Noyce shows us that they do not belong away from their mothers and they certainly don't belong at Moore River. Noyce is adamant that the stolen generation policy caused major distress to all those involved. Both the parents and the children faced sever physiological scarring that affects them to this day. Noyce does not fully blame the hegemonic whites nor Mr Neville for this, as they were merely victims of their time, but he does show that they were narrow minded and ignorant for enforcing such a traumatizing policy. ...read more.

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