Rabbit-Proof Fence: Stolen Generation

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Stolen Generation
Rabbit-Proof Fence Kaylie Chen
From 1910s to 1970s, many indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families as a result of implementing various government policies, the policy of assimilation was one of them, and it was implemented in various state of Australia. These policies are well known as the Stolen Generation. The Australian Government deemed that by the forcefully removing Indigenous children from their families and communities should allow Indigenous people to ‘die out’ through the process of natural elimination or assimilated into a white community. Due to the lack of understanding and respect to the aboriginals and their culture, the stolen generation had resulted in one of the darkest chapter in Australia History and become a wound in the spirit of our nation. The movie Rabbit-Proof fence had shown the cruelty policies and injustices of previous Australian government regarding to the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families, creating attention and call to action for non-Indigenous Australians (BEHRENDT,
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This film is based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, written by Doris Pilkington Garimara who was also a victim of the stolen generation (IMDB, 2015). Doris Pilkington Garimara was taken away when she was three years old, and united with her mother Molly Craig when she was 25 (OLSEN, Christine, 2014). This film is powerful and emotional, it also brought one of the most shameful historical period to attention. This film challenged the ordinary non-indigenous Australian to accept that the policy of forcibly removing children from their family was damaging. And it so reveals the white supremacist views of the Australian Government against indigenous people at the

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