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.
Balibo Film Pty Ltd
East Timor, 1975: Five Journalists Are Missing. One Man Searches For The Truth. One Man Fights For Justice.
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Did You Know?
The movie's release in Jakarta International Film Festival in 2009 was canceled due to the sensitive nature of the topic for the Indonesian government. See more
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
No... No... I'm Australian.
13 August 2009 (Australia)
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $922,612
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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