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This paper examines the film, "Rabbit Proof Fence", which is based on the true story, "Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence," written by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garmara. It highlights representations of aboriginality in the film and discusses the main ideas around which such representations, both negative and positive, are organized. The paper also looks at the how the film's audience is positioned.
From the Paper:"The terminology used throughout the film was relevant for its time but it is considered very racial and controversial today. The Aboriginals were often referred to by the colour of their skin. They were called "half caste" and "full blood." These terms would be unheard of today, and although the movie was set in the 1930's, hearing these words can be offensive to many people - emphasizing the viewers understanding of the Aboriginals. For example in today's organizations and policies, an Aborigine is defined as by the Federal Government as someone who: ?Is of Aboriginal descent, identifies as an Aboriginal person or is accepted by the Aboriginal community in which he or she lives in.? (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 2001, Pg 27). It reinforces to the audience that they should feel sympathetic for the Aborigines."
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"Rabbit-Proof Fence" (2005, January 28) Retrieved September 30, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/essay/rabbit-proof-fence-55434/
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