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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Jane Hampson ...
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Bea Viegas ...
Juliana
Christine Martins ...
Juliana's Child
Ana Rosa Mendoça ...
Juliana's Child
Mazarela Martins ...
Juliana's Child
Nazário Baptista ...
Juliana's Child
Michael Stone ...
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Jose Belo ...
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Anamaria Barreto ...
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Ken White
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Roger East
Ella Watson-Russell ...
Secretary
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José Ramos-Horta
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Tony Maniaty
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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.


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13 August 2009 (Australia)  »

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Balibo - Mörkläggningen  »

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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 »

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Roger East: No... No... I'm Australian.
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Inaccurate, and worse, quite convincing. Not "the truth revealed" as claimed
9 May 2011 | by See all my reviews

I call shenanigans on this movie!

Is it the truth revealed after thirty years, or is it a diversion from the truth, which is worse? Does it simply set the limits of 'appropriate' dissent?

Here's what John Pilger reckons. www.johnpilger.com/articles/cover-up-a-films-travesty-of-omissions He sums it up well I think.

I'm not saying everything he says is necessarily right. But he tells you where you to look for the evidence, which is something I like. He does know East Timor very well, first hand.

Make your own mind up...


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