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[at-l] Rabbit-proof Fence - a movie/book recommendation



Hi all,

I heard about the movie, "Rabbit-Proof Fence" when I was in Australia but
didn't have the opportunity to see it while I was there.  I wanted to see it
both to find out more about the Stolen Generations and to see the footage of
Australia.  I didn't realize that it might also be of interest to
long-distance hikers.

For those of you who like books like Slavomir Rawicz's "The Long Walk" and
other stories of long walks, this movie is for you.  If you prefer to read,
Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on a book of the same name by Doris Pilkington
and Nugi Garimara.  I definitely want to read the book.

>From the 1930s to the 1970s, a government edict pulled aboriginal children
from their homes to be educated and assimilated into white society.  These
people became known collectively as "The Stolen Generations."  Rabbit-Proof
Fence is the story of three children pulled from their family, and how they
escaped their settlement to walk over 1200 miles through the Australian
desert to get home.

Like The Long Walk, Rabbit-Proof Fence makes our own long-distance hiking
seem like a walk in the park.

Mara

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