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Balibo (2009)

War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

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Robert Connolly
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Hampson Jane Hampson ... Secretary
Bea Viegas Bea Viegas ... Juliana
Christine Martins Christine Martins ... Juliana's Child
Ana Rosa Mendoça Ana Rosa Mendoça ... Juliana's Child
Mazarela Martins Mazarela Martins ... Juliana's Child
Nazário Baptista Nazário Baptista ... Juliana's Child
Michael Stone Michael Stone ... Interviewer
Jose Belo Jose Belo ... Interviewer's Assistant
Anamaria Barreto Anamaria Barreto ... Young Juliana
Nick Farnell ... Ken White
Anthony LaPaglia ... Roger East
Ella Watson-Russell Ella Watson-Russell ... Secretary
Oscar Isaac ... José Ramos-Horta
Simon Stone ... Tony Maniaty
Thomas M. Wright ... Brian Peters (as Thomas Wright)
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Storyline

As Indonesia prepares to invade the tiny nation of East Timor, five Australian based journalists go missing. Four weeks later, veteran foreign correspondent Roger East is lured to East Timor by the young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta to tell the story of his country and investigate the fate of the missing men. As East's determination to uncover the truth grows, the threat of invasion intensifies and an unlikely friendship develops between the last foreign correspondent in East Timor and the man who will become President. BALIBO is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes that have been covered up for over thirty years. Written by Balibo Film Pty Ltd

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East Timor, 1975: Five Journalists Are Missing. One Man Searches For The Truth. One Man Fights For Justice.


Certificate:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 2009 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Балибо See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Anthony La Paglia's tattoos, which are very visible at the bottom of his sleeves, are inconsistent with the era. Few people had tattoos then. Even fewer had such heavy tattoos. See more »

Quotes

Roger East: No... No... I'm Australian.
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impressive
13 May 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

about war. and pain, and sufferance and hope. about people. and about the ideals. a film who reminds more than presents. because it is a simple story. not different but other stories of hate and idealism. but , impressive for the remarkable performances and for the atmosphere. for its message . and for the science to give a deeper image about a tragedy near us . to redefine the image and purpose of media. and to present the right portrait of the need to help against risks and against fear.


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