Based on true events, “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” premiering in Geneva at the Smith Opera House on June 12, is a moving story of racial prejudice, agoraphobic desert vistas, and amazing endurance as three girls walk 1,500 miles to find their mothers in '30s Australia.
These are the shocking facts behind the movie: during the early years of the 20th century, white Australians panicked about the supposed disaster of an “unwanted third race” of “half-caste” Aborigine children.
Special detention centers were set up across the continent to keep the mixed race children from “contaminating” the rest of Australian society, and orders were given to forcibly remove “half-caste” children from their families.
It was a disastrous, racist policy that brought about the misery of the so-called “stolen generations”. Having been forcible separated from their natural mothers, three girls –
Molly (Everlyn Sampi), Daisy (Tianna Sansbury), and Gracie (Laura Monaghan) – escape from the Moore River Native Settlement, presided over by A.O. Neville (Kenneth Branagh).
With an epic journey ahead of them, the girls set out to find their way back home by following the rabbit-proof fence that stretches across the Outback.
“Rabbit-Proof Fence” will be screened at 7 p.m. June 12, 13, 14 and 15. Note the special Sunday evening screening time.
This film is rated PG for emotional thematic material. Its running time is 1 hour, 33 minutes. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seats on Thursday are $3.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355 LIVE for additional information. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.