Rabbit proof fense: chasing hope.

What is your overall reaction to the film? Did you previously know about the Stolen Generations?

  • Holy Snapple!!! What a movie! I couldn’t help but think, the whole time why have I not seen this movie before. The whole time I am asking myself “was this real?” This side of the worlds history; was revealed to me, watching this. Its atrocious, to think of people doing this to each-other. But this was a different time and place in the worlds history.

The concept of the Stolen Generations is still controversial in Australia. Some Australians deny the idea, while others recognize it and agree that these children and their families suffered greatly. Why do you think people deny this?

  • It could be that somewhere in the past where someone affected by these times rewrote what they wanted to believe. Or could have possibly Thus, changing the behaviors of intergenerational trauma. By not acknowledging the idea of the “stolen generations”, there would be no transmission of behaviors to nurture with the future generation.

What do you think has been the impact on the Aboriginal community in Australia? Do you think it is something that should still be discussed today?

  • Honestly, I don’t have enough information to make a huge decision like that. But I would love to explore it more.
  • But just for the movie, It seemed like it is something to discuss and process with individuals and groups that struggle with these traumas over the generations.

How do you think the history of the Stolen Generations might contribute to people’s experiences today in Australia?

  • I cant even image what they are thinking. I have been in many countries that have experience similar turmoil from other entities that have controlling powers. But I did not know anything about Australia’s history until this movie. But in contrast of Guam’s struggle, I can understand the reluctance from small communities to keep the “old ways” and traditions. But also see people wanting that “modern life”.

How might you compare this story to what has happened in Hawai`i, Guahan, and other colonized places in the Pacific and Asia?

  • I think the biggest comparison is the lack of awareness to this history. I didn’t know about Australia’s struggle, just like a lot of my state side friends didn’t know about Guam’s struggle. Yet in a world where we are experiencing a difference in political, societal and economic views, people are responding in verbal and physical hate.

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  1. I was also stunned to learn of the events that took place by watching this movie. I agree that lack of awareness of history is a problem. I myself am guilty of not knowing 100% of Guåhan’s history and considering that this is where I am from, that’s kind of sad. You also mention how people respond in verbal and physical hate, I think for the most part, that reaction is expected, because it’s usually easier than trying to find understanding and compassion.

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  2. Hello Raymond!

    “The whole time I am asking myself “was this real?” This side of the worlds history; was revealed to me, watching this. Its atrocious, to think of people doing this to each-other”- My sentiments exactly!
    I mean there are definitely records of how horrible people can be (Nazi Revolution, Rwandan genocide) but man..to be enlightened of this this was a sad reminder of how radical ideas and values of one society’s culture can cause people to do radically horrible things to others. “Yet in a world where we are experiencing a difference in political, societal and economic views, people are responding in verbal and physical hate.”- Sadly this is true in the past and present. Hopefully the new generation who is able to become enlightened of the negative effects of hate towards another one’s culture will aid in revolutionizing and and educating future generations in respecting each other and realizing forceful dominance of a group’s culture is ethically and morally very wrong, one that may have not been experienced by their people’s history.

    Until the next blog,
    Aurea 🙂

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  3. Isn’t it ironic how people know little about Australia as well as Guahan? On the other hand, isn’t it ironic what we are taught, that is to say whose history are we taught? I don’t believe its an accident. What purpose does this serve? Mahalo!

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