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


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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28 July 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a film about East Timor. only at first sigh. in fact, a film about basic values of humanity.piece of a large and painful chronicle but, in same measure, a warning. its virtue - it can be more than picture of a case. it is an artistic form of testimony and the beauty and force of images are remarkable. but, in same measure, it is an honest manifesto about media role in political crisis, about sufferance, about the other. and this fact define it in same measure than nuances of performance - Anthony LaPaglia does an impressive role who represents mirror of a cruel reality. A film about essence of a world. not only a territory from Asia but remember of fight for liberty and respect in each part of world, of each period.

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