Movie Analysis : Rabbit Proof Fence

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Moodoo was in his early thirties when his daughter was forcibly removed to a Native Settlement Camp for domestic servant training. Subsequently, Moodoo took up employment with the camp in an attempt to keep in contact with her. The work he does is challenging, both physically and emotionally, as he is forced into recapturing runaway Indigenous children. As a result of the hardships faced by Moodoo, he has become withdrawn, which is particularly concerning given his Indigenous culture is one based on social interactions. He also communicates very little, particularly with non-Indigenous people. He has come to see me after he failed to recapture two runaway girls. This job failure has him concerned about his daughters and his own futures, and as a result he is experiencing depression.

Historical Background The movie Rabbit-Proof Fence (Noyce, 2002) based on the book Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence (Garimara, 1996), establishes the true story of the authors mother, the protagonist Molly. Both the film and novel are consistent when demonstrating key themes and ideas that occurred during the period. These themes highlight the connection between mother and child, the consequence of forced removal, and the trauma caused by capture and separation from culture and family (Guðmundsdóttir, 2012). Indigenous children have been forcibly separated from families and culture since the onset of European settlement of Australia (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1997),…
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