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Why Is Rabbit-Proof Fence Rated PG?
When Australian law requires the removal of three aboriginal/white children from their mothers’ custody, the young girls determine to return to their home. In order to do so they must escape from the camp where they are being detained, and walk 1200 miles along theRabbit-proof Fence. This film chronicles the true story of their heroic venture.
A family hunts and kills a lizard. A rotting animal carcass is shown, and part of it is eaten. Families live in constant fear of their children being taken away. Children are verbally threatened. Parents and children mourn when they are separated. Grieving woman hits her head with a rock. Children are placed in cages while being transported. Children are kept at camp against their will; escapees are tracked down, returned, spanked, and locked in an isolation shed. Coercion is used to secure obedience. Children sustain minor injuries, and suffer from heat exhaustion, starvation and thirst. Children steal food and clothing. Children are in peril of being caught by authorities. Man caring gun tries to stare down a woman caring a spear.
Sexual Content: B+
Fathers who have abandoned their children are mentioned. Woman remarks, “If Mr. Neville wants a half caste kid, he can make his own.” A sexual intention is implied when a man enters a woman’s room and removes his trousers (no nudity is shown). A topless aboriginal woman is briefly seen.
Mild name-calling only.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A
A man smokes a cigarette.
Prejudice and disrespect are portrayed toward aboriginal and half-caste races.