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Rabbit-Proof Fence

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Rabbit-Proof Fence -- featuring the Golden Globe®-nominated score by Peter Gabriel -- is a powerful true story of hope and survival.

At a time when it was Australian government policy to train aboriginal children as domestic workers and integrate them into white society, young Molly Craig decides to lead her little sister and cousin in a daring escape from their internment camp. Molly and the girls must then elude the authorities on a dangerous 1,500-mile adventure along the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the continent and will lead them home. Rabbit-Proof Fence captures their universally touching plight and unparalleled courage in a beautiful testament to the undying strength of the human spirit.

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Based on a true story, Rabbit-Proof Fence moves with dignified grace from its joyful opening scenes to a conclusion that's moving beyond words. The title refers to a 1,500-mile fence separating outback desert from the farmlands of Western Australia. It is here, in 1931, that three aboriginal girls are separated from their mothers and transported to a distant training school, where they are prepared for assimilation into white society by a racist government policy. Gracie, Daisy, and Molly belong to Australia's "stolen generations," and this riveting film (based on the book by Molly's daughter, Doris Pilkington Garimara) follows their escape and tenacious journey homeward, while a stubborn policy enforcer (Kenneth Branagh) demands their recapture.

Director Phillip Noyce chronicles their ordeal with gentle compassion, guiding his untrained, aboriginal child actors with a keen eye for meaningful expressions. Their performances evoke powerful emotions (subtly enhanced by Peter Gabriel's excellent score), illuminating a shameful chapter of Australian history while conveying our universal need for a true and proper home. -- Jeff Shannon

Product Details

Media Type Movie
Recommended Age 10 and up
Special Features Mighty Girl Top Picks
Actors Kenneth Branagh
Director Phillip Noyce
Running Time 94 minutes
Studio Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Release Date May 24, 2011
Language English