Rabbit-Proof Fence: A Black History of Australia

03 February 2009

Rabbit Proof Fence is a movie that I had watched at IAP. At least, from this movie, I have learnt much about honesty, fairness, and sincerity. I can see that Australia has learnt from its history and come along to the bright future together. The teacher emphatically admitted that it became a black history of Australia. The movie is about the stolen generation in Australia toward indigenous people, aborigine people.

It is a true story adapted from ‘Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence” by Doris Polkington Garimara. The story was happened during the 1930s which set in Jigalong where three children Molly, Gracie and Daisy lived. The children are referred to by Neville as “half-castes”, having one white and one black parent. The children are forcibly captured from Jigalong taken to the camp at Moore, around several thousand miles away. The purpose of kidnapping those children is to breed out of the black colour on aborigines by introducing the policy to forcibly be married with white people so that the next generation will birth in white colour. It was an ambition to create Australia as a white nation, a western culture.

The movie showed the struggle of three children to escape from the camp by walking back home following the rabbit proof fence. After several more weeks Molly and Daisy were successful to arrive at heir home, while Daisy was recaptured.

In the last movie, Molly explained that she had her own daughters who were taken from her and how she was able to rescue one, but not the other. Her successful rescue was done in the same way when she run away in her childhood; she walked the length of the fence back home.

As I wrote before, it became a black history of Australia where there was an era of attempting to vanish aborigine identity. fortunately, Australia has learnt from that. Officially, the Prime Minister apologized for unaccepted action in the past. I think every country has a problem with regard to face the diversity, the gap between one to other regions or ethnic group. Australia now is trying to develop some policies to help the welfare of Aborigines without vanishing their culture even though like the teacher said it’s very difficult; but at least sincerily the government is attempting to live together harmonically with the same right in this country. It is absolutely true a slogan that a develop country is a country in which learnt from its history…How about Indonesia??


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