Travels With a Camera

Soaring like a bird, the camera tilts toward the sun across the desert landscape, turning its creek beds and clumps of spinifex into a shimmering tableau not unlike an Aboriginal dot painting. So begins Rabbit-Proof Fence, the filmed real-life account of three Aboriginal girls removed under the assimilation policy of 1930s Western Australia—and their long walk home. For the rest of the film, Christopher Doyle's camera never stops moving; cowering in darkness at the mission the young girls are taken to, then feeling its way like braille across 2,000 sun-scorched kilometers, to a ring of purple hills:...

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