‘The Sapphires’ Were Inspired by the US Civil Rights Movement

This film shows the struggle that this girl group endured as they mimicked the movement born here in the States

the sapphires movieThe civil rights movement that took place in this country had a direct effect in Australia in the 60s.

This Friday, March 29th, ‘The Sapphires,’ a movie about four indigenous women in Australia who form a country music group to embark on a journey to surpass the racist system that had hindered their advancement, will be released.

The film, set in 1968, shows that aborigine’s were considered second class in Australia, and the government would often remove lighter-skinned children from their families under the law to be placed in white homes and learn white ways.

“The correlation between the Aboriginal civil rights movement and the American civil rights movement is very close,” Blair tells theGrio. “Your 1961 Freedom Rides that you guys did over here – it was about people sitting on a bus – we mirrored those freedom rides. Black and white students did a similar thing; they rode a bus across the countryside of New South Wales, and came across racism at that time…,” says director, Wayne Blair.

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