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Rabbit-Proof FenceIn a shameful chapter of Australia's history, the government forcibly removed ''half-caste'' children from their families in order to ''breed out'' their...Rabbit-Proof FenceDramaPT95MPGIn a shameful chapter of Australia's history, the government forcibly removed ''half-caste'' children from their families in order to ''breed out'' their...2003-04-18Kenneth BranaghMiramax
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Rabbit-Proof Fence

Genre: Drama; Starring: Laura Monaghan, Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh; Director: Phillip Noyce; Author: Christine Olsen; Runtime (in minutes): 95; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Miramax

In a shameful chapter of Australia’s history, the government forcibly removed ”half-caste” children from their families in order to ”breed out” their blackness (and, conveniently, the Aboriginal race). Rabbit-Proof Fence, an immensely moving version of a true story, follows three young girls who have been taken from their family who escape their internment camp and embark on a heroic journey by foot to their home some 1,500 miles away. There’s a spareness to director Phillip Noyce’s film – the sere landscape, the simple storyline, the nonprofessional-actor children’s clipped, minimal dialogue – that leaves it wide open, as if minimizing the proportions of the narrative is the only way to see its enormity.

Originally posted April 18 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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