Rabbit-Proof Fence 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,… Rabbit-Proof Fence 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,…
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2003)

MPAA Rating: PG
Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, ... | DON'T 'FENCE' THEM IN Aboriginal girls escape internment in ''Rabbit-Proof''
DON'T 'FENCE' THEM IN Aboriginal girls escape internment in ''Rabbit-Proof''
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Apr 15, 2003; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Drama; With: Laura Monaghan, Everlyn Sampi and Tianna Sansbury; 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 Apr 15, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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