Rabbit Proof Fence Essay

1119 Words Apr 22nd, 2006 5 Pages
Rabbit Proof Fence in the context of Australian identity:

In the introductory lecture our attention was focused on a number of core themes which run throughout the course. One such theme was the concept of a nation and the way in which cultural products of the nation shape our sense of identity. Rabbit Proof Fence is an important film to examine within this context as it is the first international film to examine the issue of Australia's Stolen Generation. The film brought the story of the Australian Stolen Generation to a wide audience, both nationally and internationally. Today I am going to consider what kind of impact the film had and also a number of important points concerning the film.

The film is an adaptation of the
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For example the scene in which Molly and Daisy are in the unbearable heat walking bare foot home when Molly collapses from exhaustion we are encouraged to feel empathetic towards Molly. This combination enables the filmmaker to utilize the conventions of both film and documentary in eliciting an emotional response whilst maintaining a sense of realism.

Is this experience really reflective of Australia's Stolen Generation? A number of influential critics have argued that the credulity of the public has been exploited through the gross misrepresentations of this aspect of Australia's history. The majority of cases in which Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families were in cases of extreme parental neglect which was often linked with alcoholism. This is in complete contrast to the picture which is presented in the film in which the children are stolen from their loving families to fulfill a nationalist policy of racist eugenics. Furthermore in some aboriginal communities the half-caste children were isolated within the community and often became sexually abused by both whites and blacks. In some of these tribes half-caste children were often subject to infanticide.

Furthermore forcible removals, like the one presented in the film were very rare. In fact the scene is fictional in nature as the removal scenes in the book are distinctly different. When

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