Rabbit-proof fence

A journey is more than just movement from one place to another. It is about learning and growth.


The film in directed by Phillip Noyce. It is an Australian drama film form 2002. it is based on the book Follow the rabbit-proof fence by Doris Pilkington Garimana, which is based on a true story.

The film is set during the 30's, an era of political and social unrest when Aborigine children were forcibly taken from their parents, and placed with white families, who apparently could give them a life and a future beyond their wildest dreams. Mixed race children, so-called "half-castes", were not so fortunate.

The story about Molly, Daisy and Gracie is a deflection of the Australian state politics against the Aboriginies. From 1905 to 1970 it was usual and a routine to force Aboriginal children out of their homes and away from their families. Authorities meant that "aboriginality" could be bred out of these children within three generations.

They were put into institutions so that they could learn to become servants for white people. This was what happened to the three girls. They were put to Moore River Native Settlement with a lot of other aboriginal girls. But the girls run away. The film follows the girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community at Jigalong. While walking along the fence, they are being pushed by a man called A.O. Neville, who conduct the police on the chase of the girls, and an Aboriginal tracker.

Educational value
The film tells us about the so-called "stolen generations", which is a term that describes a high number of children of Aboriginal background in Australia who was brutally taken away from their families between 1869 and 1969. The reason for this, according to Australian authorities, was to prevent the spreading of half-caste children. Therefore, the children were placed in various institutions where they were almost brainwashed into believing that they were orphans, while the parents did not know where they were.


The message the film tries to give us, can be summed up with three words: faith, courage and family.

Faith because the girls always believed that they would get back home. In the beginning of the film, we see a big bird flying in the sky. Molly's mother tells her that the bird will always watch over her and make her safe. On their way home, Molly sees the bird flying over them up in the sky. That makes her believe that they will make it.

Courage is because all the three girls have a lot of courage. They manage to escape from Moore River, they escape from the police and the tracker. Everyone was looking for them, trying to force them back to the camp, but the girls would not surrender. After walking for nine weeks, they get back home to their mother.

Family is also one of the words because the girls give everything they have to come back. The family bond is very strong. They walk for nine weeks, hiding and running away from dangers just to get back to their family.