Rabbit Proof Fence Analysis

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Prior to white settlement, Australia representations were that of a primitive place whose inhabitants were a nomadic barbarous doomed race. Such imagery was the birthplace of an unconscious bias foundational to the historical contrast that divides Australian society. The volume of this irrational prejudice through the perpetuation of dominant western ideologies includes Indigenous people as treacherous, ignoble and unscrupulous. The riveting Rabbit Proof Fence film released in 2002, directed by Philip Noyce eschews bigotry by illuminating a dense history of racist and distorted Aboriginal representations. Furthermore, it chronicles the ordeal of the Stolen Generations which included the abduction of “half-cast” Aboriginal children; Molly, Gracie, and Daisy from their families which was blinded by assertions of white supremacy to prevent the “creation of a third unwanted race” through the continued infiltration of white blood with the intention of stamping out black colour. The director of this film has provided an oppositional reading of dominant western ideologies surrounding Aborigines hoping an audience will find a reparative attitude in relation to the effect the Stolen Generation.

The film employs symbolism through the reoccurring images of the spirit bird and the rabbit proof fence which delineates the Aborigines comprehension of the world that integrates the spiritual with the mundane. The spirit bird, Molly’s totem gives her the incentive and a sense of connection
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