I saw this movie on True Stories this weekend, and I was rapt.
It’s the story, of how in the 1930s, the Australian government decided to “civilize” half-caste aborigine children by taking them from their mothers and raising them in internment camps. Three girl, Molly, Daisy, and Gracie, were taken from Jigalong to the Moore River camp, 1200 miles away.
The three girls escaped, and by following the rabbit-proof fence, made their way home. Gracie was recaptured along the way, but Molly and Daisy made it home.
Does anyone have any more information about the girls? I was unable to read the “afterword” credits at the end due to my VCR screwing up. I knew that Molly married, had two girls, was captured again, and escaped again, but ultimately one of her daughters was kidnapped and she never saw her again.
What happened to Neville? How and when was this policy finally repealed? How was this movie received in Australia? How many children were taken? How many were returned to their families? What happened to the ones who never returned home? Any information on this subject would be helpful.
(BTW, I’m not in any way slamming Australia. I know the US did something similar to the native Americans, but, to my knowledge, no one has made a movie about it yet.)