In 1975, after the Carnation Revolution, Portugal abandoned their East Timor colony in the island of Timor. The locals proclaimed self-independents, but a couple of days later Indonesia invaded and occupied the East Timor lands. The East Timorese people was humiliated, murdered and slaughtered along twenty-four years, but resisted and fought for their independence. In 1999, the world finally saw the atrocities in this small country, where one third of the population was killed, and the United Nations organized a plebiscite to decide the destiny of East Timor, where the wish of independence won. But before leaving the country, the militias and the Indonesian military forces burnt 90% of East Timor. On 20 May 2002, East Timor was recognized as an independent nation in UN. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Informative, heart-wrenching documentary about East Timor´s Holocaust
The title of this film expresses well what you´ll get from this documentary. It is about a twenty five year long massacre/genocide of the East Timorese people. East Timor was annexed by Indonesia after independence from Portugal in 1974, followed by a planned genocide of the people, not limited to mass killings and provoked- civil war, but included the sterilization of East Timorese women by the Indonesians to reduce the population of East Timor´s native ethic group. A third of the population, it is believed, was killed.
Brazilian actress, Lucélia Santos, has done an excellent job in creating a documentary about a country which is virtually in shambles. After her long stay in East Timor, in appalling conditions, and using interviews from experts, and archival footage, Ms. Santos has given us the definitive documentary of the plight, and hope for this long suffering people
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