Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 drama, directed by Phillip Noyce and based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Indigenous Australian author Doris Pilkington Garimara, a true story of the author’s mother and two sisters. The three Aboriginal girls, run away from the Moore River Native Settlement in Western Australia to return to their Aboriginal families, after being forcibly taken from their families and placed there in 1931. The film follows the girls as they walk for nine weeks along 1,500 miles of the Australian rabbit-proof fence to return to their community, while being pursued by white law enforcement authorities and an Aboriginal tracker.
Led by first – time Aboriginal actresses, the film gives insight to the rarely depicted history of Australians of African – descent and the continent’s colonial period. At its center is a heartbreaking account that proves the resilience of sisterhood in the face inhumanity.
Join us for the screening and stay after for a discussion about the film. The event is free of charge, no RSVP required!