April 13th, 2011

complaining, Huffer

Oranges and Sunshine (review)

I had heard about this IRL... didn't know they'd made a movie about it.

Hilarious true story. You’ll love this. In the 20th century, up until as late as 1970, thousands and thousands and thousands of British children were forcibly deported to Australia (as well as to New Zealand, Rhodesia, and Canada), where they were herded into group homes or other institutions, treated like slave labor, and subject to regular physical and sexual abuse on top of the emotional abuse of being ripped from their families, their homes, their country. These children weren’t orphans, though they were told they were -- some had been placed into care by stigmatized single mothers who were given no other option, yet who intended to return for them; others had been removed from mothers who were prostitutes or other “undesirable” types.

No one knew about this. Or, at least, those who did were keeping their mouths shut. And then, in 1986, Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys was handed a few loose threads of this terrible tale, and she started to put it all together...

Review here: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2011/04/oranges_and_sunshine_review.html

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