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Koiki’s desire to ensure the land on Mer Island can be enjoyed by his descendants is one of the driving forces of the narrative.

Mabo demonstrates the power of the maternal bond through the role given to Bonita in the film.

Nuclear family.

Eddie is indefatigable in his efforts to eradicate the terra nullius law

Mabo shows what family really means. The true meaning of family is: being taught the truths that can sustain a life, being accepted and loved despite one’s flaws, showing sacrifice etc , handing down law.– what matters are the demands of different ‘families’. It is ironic that in fighting for family one can become separate from family. Repository of ideals. Personal and political.

Rachel Perkins’ Mabo biological ties are not sufficient to define family. Instead the film suggests that o family means a repository of wisdom, a place of an oasis of acceptance and support and a reason for sacrifice and struggle.

Fortitude and fearlessness.

A belief in the significance of family in teaching tradition and morals and providing a place of acceptance is what drives the narrative of the film.

FAmilyis a place of support and this is particularly shown by Bonita’s unswerving loyalty to Edie.

Mabo is a film that strongly suggests that family is a crucial factor in one’s life.

This is shown when Eddie flashbacks to him as a young boy on the beach with his faterh.


For instance Perkins uses a flashbacks to show Eddie remembering being a boy on the beach with his father.

The film shows the importance of family for Eddie Mabo. Family is shown greatly within the film as support and love.

Perkins shows us that family is the prime source of support and love.

The film shows the crucial importance of a father figure in a boy’s life.

Differences can strengthen and underpin the solidity and strength of a relationship.

Although Perkins’ Mabo addresses other issues such as the effects of discrimination and the role of the individual in creating change , it is true that there is a major focus on the meaning of family and the support it gives.

The film shows the crucial importance of father son relationships. Perkins uses flashbakcs to Koiki’s childhood with Benny to demonstrate how Koiki’s strength derives from this primal connection.

Symnonymns for demonstrates – shows/underscores/underlines/emphasises

Attempts at an introduction

In Mabo Perkins explores the true meaning of family as a place

showing us that the transmission of moral truths, practical skills and stories that connect us to each other and our environment

Sample by a student – a 7

Mabo is a film about the importance of family. Do you agree?

The film Mabo directed by Rachel Perkins follows the life of Edward Koiki Mabo and his landmark legal case that destroyed the concept of Terra Nullius. The film demonstrates the importance of family, with Eddie’s family members inspiring his decisions life lesson taught by his father that remind with him for life and his wife Bonita’s constant struggle to ensure he understands the importance of family.

Throughout the film Perkins shows how family can inspire action and bravery.

The importance of family is shown throughout the film where Eddie’s decisions are inspired by his family. Towards the beginning of the film, Eddie and Bonita are denied a hotel room, because of their race. Eddie tells Bonita, that he doesn’t “wanna raise (his son) up in this place,” and the family move to Townsville. This clearly demonstrates how many of Eddie’s decisions are inspired by his family. Eddie’s decisions are once again influenced by his family when his father is ill and he is denied access on to Murray Island. Fuelled by his anger towards not being able to see his dying father and that he cannot move his family back to Murray Island, Eddie begins his land right claim. Eddie’s reasons for making these significant decisions were inspired by his love for his family. The fact that family was a significant fact shows the importance of family throughout Mabo. – Is this last sentence even needed?

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