In class today we watched the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence. Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film, directed by Phillp Noyce. The movie is based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Girmara. It is based on a true story, witch makes it very touching. It is about the author`s mother, Molly, as well as two other mixed-race Aboriginal girls, Daisy and Gracie. The tree sisters ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, to return to their families that they had been taken away from. The film follows the Aboriginal girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles of the Australian rabbit-proof fence. They are being pursued by white law enforcement authorities and an Aboriginal tracker, but they do manage to return to their community at Jigalong after all.
Stolen generation is the term we now use to describe Australian Aboriginal children, who were taken from their families by Australian government agencies and church missions between approximately 1900 and 1972. The three girls from the movie are apart of the stolen generation.
I learned a lot from the movie; about the concentration camps that they built in order to raise the Aboriginal children, the fact that over 35 000 children were taken during the timeperiod of 1905-1970, and that the order was actually created by the Australian government. My personal reflections on the topic is that I am shooked. I can’t belive how people got treated based on the color of their skin. It`s incomprehensible. Before I saw the movie I didn’t know anything about race discrimination in Australia, but I am glad i know. I think it is important that we know, know what has happened to previous generations. There is nothing that we can do to change what happened, in Australia or any other place in the world. But there is a thing that we can do, and that is to prevent it from ever happening again. We have to let rasicm and segregation stay in our history.
The Prime Minister of Australia held a speech in 2008, to say sorry to the lost generation. Kevin Rudd openly says sorry on behalf of the Australian government. Use this link to hear the speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZOGpG6cM
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