Picture from The Sapphires
Overall B

Breaking into the music business is tough enough even if you are not from a discriminated against group. But with the war raging in Vietnam, four young Aboriginal sisters from Australia (played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell) try to talk a talent scout (Chris O'Dowd) into getting them a gig performing for the troops.

Violence C
Sexual Content C
Profanity C
Substance Use C-

Talk to your kids about…

The Sapphires

How does this film depict the idea that racial prejudice is not just an issue for white people? How does skin color affect family members in this story? How does the plight of the Australian Aborigine compare with that of African and Native Americans? What groups experience racial bias in other countries?

Why do you think government officials chose to place light-skinned children in white homes? What did they hope to accomplish? How does this compare with similar programs in other countries? What impact does this policy have on the children who are taken from their homes? What do the elderly family members understand about the importance of family traditions and rituals?

How do the actors and actresses in this movie differ from many of the other celebrities we see? Do their more average or realistic looks add to the believability of their characters?

Find out where are The Sapphires now. How have they used their lives to further the cause of the Australian Aborigines?

This movie is based on stage play that is based on a true story.