- The period described in the movie was from 1900 to 1972. This period has been referred to in later years as the period of the stolen generation. It was a very dark period for the aborigines in Australia, they were suppressed and forced out of their own culture. Australia’s government at that time had two goals regarding the indigenous people of Australia: To improve integration of mixed-descent aborigines, or half-castes, into the non-aboriginal society and to ensure that the half-castes intermarry caucasians, or ´´whites´´. This way the indigenous people of Australia would go extinct in the end. This period of Australian history has been apologized for by many in recent years, and the acts and laws of the time have been labeled racist.
2. After seeing this movie and reading the information sheet I have come to realize how brutal and difficult the 20th century was for the aborigines. I did not know anything about the stolen generation until today, I only knew that the indigenous Australians were suppressed after the British settlement of Australia in 1770. I think what happened in the lost generation was truly horrific, and showed the immense lack of respect Australians had for the aborigines at the time.
3. The Universal Decleration of Human Rights was established in 1948, a time where the policy of the stolen generation was still in place, and the suppression of aborigines was ongoing. Here are some of the human rights the Australian government breached in order to assimilate as many aborigines into their society as possible:
Article nr. 3; everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
-The aborigines had little or no liberty at this time.
Article nr 5; No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
-The half-casted children who were unsuccessful in their attempt to escape the camps were often tortured.
Article nr 25; Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
-The food and sleeping situation in the camps were often horrible.
These were some of the human rights breached in the period of the stolen generation.