First off, here is the link to a YouTube clip of the song "Material World" by Tracy Chapman. It's a great song, and the lyrics really resonate with some of the topics we've discussed in class recently - modern day slavery, white supremacy, the prevalence of religion in colonialism. Check it out. :):)
Secondly, earlier this week, I mentioned the book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn - it's also a film. (Topics that come up are education for women, education, trafficking, etc!) I haven't finished the book yet, but I saw Kristof speak earlier this semester, and I know a documentary has also been made about their research. Here's the link to the website!
Finally, I did a little bit of research on the Rabbit-Proof Fence. When it was first mentioned in the movie, I had a sinking suspicion that the fence had actually been built to control and suppress native peoples (and was being called rabbit-proof to cover it up). But it was, in fact, built because of rabbits.
It does relate in a way to colonialism, though. In fact, colonialism is what caused the initial problem.
Apparently, rabbits were introduced into Australia to help European settlers feel more at home (they were a pursuit activity, like the fox hunts Europeans were used to - how ridiculous!)
So the rabbits flourished and grew as a species - they started eating and messing up a bunch of land and crops. (Haha - assuring Anglo-Saxon comfort backfired!!!) It was an environmental problem.
More than one fence was built to protect the Western Australian lands. It took 6 years - and it kind of worked.
I guess it's a good thing that the fence was built, though, because it served to be an effective point of reference for Aborigines returning to their homelands (like Molly, Daisy, and Gracie).