It’s 1931 in Western Australia. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, “to save them from themselves.” Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly’s lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government’s “chief protector of Aborigines,” A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Will the girls survive?
PCC’s Commentary: Will the girls survive? I certainly will not tell. This movie is a must see; rent it, you’ll be glad you did! It is one of my favorites and I put it in the same vein as “The Color Purple” and “The Notebook”.