Rabbit-Proof Fence

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Released 2003

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Director:
Phillip Noyce
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG
Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 true life drama about the 1,500 mile trek of two aboriginal sisters and their cousin. In 1931, sisters Molly Craig (Everlyn Sampi), Daisy Kadabil (Tianna Sansbury) and cousin Gracie Fields (Laura Monoghan) are taken from their hometown of Jigalong to a "re-education camp" 1,500 miles away to be trained as domestic workers. This was part of the Australian government's policy to integrate aboriginal children into white society. After they are taken to the Moore River Native Settlement, the girls escape and embark on a dangerous 1,500 mile trek back home. The only way they can possibly reach their homeland is by alluding authorities and following the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the country. The Chief Protector of Aborigines A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branaugh) gets wind of their escape and sends tracker Moodoo (David Gulpilill) and Constable Riggs (Jason Clarke) to recapture them. Rabbit-Proof Fence uncovers how the racist policies of Australia destroyed many aboriginal families.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Although the movie, adapted from a book by Doris Pilkington Garimara, pushes emotional buttons and simplifies its true story to give it the clean narrative sweep of an extended fol...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    An old-fashioned weepie tucked inside a fiercely indicting political thriller.

  • 80

    Variety David Stratton

    It succeeds emotionally in the cause of what seems to be its primary aim, to advance an attitudinal change in Australians not normally sympathetic to the aboriginal cause.

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