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“Another one based on a true story. This one's about little girls (half white, half Aboriginal) who escape from the "school" in which they have been placed and try to return
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Rabbit-Proof Fence
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Based on a true story,Rabbit-Proof Fencemoves with dignified grace from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that's moving beyond words. The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia. It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. Gracie, Daisy, and Molly belong to Australia's "stolen generations," and this riveting film (based on the book by Molly's daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara) follows their escape and tenacious journey homeward, while a stubborn policy enforcer (Kenneth Branagh) demands their recapture. Director Phillip Noyce chronicles their ordeal with gentle compassion, guiding his untrained, aboriginal child actors with a keen eye for meaningful expressions. Their performances evoke powerful emotions (subtly enhanced by Peter Gabriel's excellent score), illuminating a shameful chapter of Australian history while conveying our universal need for a true and proper home.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Phillip Noyce
Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 29, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 34min
Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
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