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Highgate Film Society: RABBIT-PROOF FENCE
March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Australia 2002, 94 mins. Dir. Philip Noyce. Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh.
Set in 1931, this tells the story of two mixed race Aboriginal/English girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin Grace who live in Jigalong, a town in Western Australia that lies along the northern part of the fences that make up Australia’s rabbit-proof fence. The Official Protector of Australian Aborigines (Kenneth Branagh) signs an order to relocate them to the Moore River Settlement camp. This camp rears and educates mixed race Aboriginal children away from their Aboriginal parent so they can get a good situation in life as labourers and servants to white people and eventually marry a white person. The girls are forcibly removed from their Aboriginal mother and are homesick and unhappy at Moore Camp so decide to run away. Neville sends an Aboriginal tracker, Moodoo (David Gulpilil), and a constable, Riggs, to find them and bring them back. The girls eventually find the rabbit-proof fence which will lead them back to their mother, but along their nine-week 1,500 mile journey they encounter dangers and complications. This is based on a true story written by Doris, Molly’s daughter, who was herself removed from her mother at the age of 3 and taken to the Moore River mission.
- March 28
- 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm