Child Migrants: Oranges and Sunshine
Oranges and Sunshine relates the history of this dark period of colonial history from the perspective of Margaret Humphreys, the heroic English social worker who in the 1980s uncovered the truth about these 'child migrants', and who still works to reunite the now adult children with their families.
The Christian Brothers, who were responsible for some of the institutions at issue, are portrayed in an unflattering light. During her investigations, Margaret is subjected to a campaign of intimidation that is attributed to supporters of the Brothers. When she eventually comes face to face with some of the Brothers, at Dimboon outside of Perth, they regard her with resentful silence.
The Christian Brothers as an institution (in Australia) have made some efforts to atone for their wrongdoings of that era. That Oranges and Sunshine seems to condemn them universally, when it's likely that the innocent have been tarred along with the guilty, is due less to malice than to the fact that the film director's sympathies sit squarely with the child victims - and bear in mind that only last week it was revealed that the same Brothers spent millions defending a Brother who was found guilty Link.
Interestingly when Margaret pleads with government officials for accountability and transparency, they respond that the [Child migrants] scheme was carried out in 'a different time' and with 'the best of intentions'. This echoes our own government's response to the Magdalene Asylums scandal and the Industrial Schools saga.
UK Child Migrants Trust
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