Rabbit-Proof Fence

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An Australian “western” with epic sweep directed by Phillip Noyce and dealing with the stolen generation of aboriginal children who were torn from their families by misguided state functionaries. It's based on a true story about three girls taken from their mother in 1931 and sent to a state-run facility a thousand miles away; they escape and set off for home on foot, dodging the law en route.

Starring Kenneth Branagh as the misguided arm of the law and David Gulpilil, the aboriginal star of WALKABOUT, as a ruthless tracker. Adapted by Christine Olsen from a book by Doris Pilkington and shot by the matchless Christopher Doyle.

Director Phillip Noyce. 94 mins. Rated PG.

Part of a year-long, valley-wide conversation sponsored by the Amherst College Copeland Colloquium, this film series explores complex issues of cultures in translation.

Introduced by Lisa T. Brooks of Amherst College and followed by a 20-minute discussion.

Lisa Brooks is Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College and Chair of the Five College Native American Indian Studies Certificate Program. Her first book, The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast (University of Minnesota Press 2008) reframes the historical and literary landscape of the American northeast. She served on the inaugural Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Studies in American Indian Literatures and Ethnohistory. In addition to her scholarly work, Brooks serves on the Advisory Board of Gedakina, a non-profit organization focused on indigenous cultural revitalization, educational outreach, and community wellness in New England.