at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


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Wednesday, 17 February
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Australia, 2009, 111 min
English, Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian
Director: Robert Connolly
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Oscar Isaac, Nathan Phillips, Damon Gameau, Gyton Grantley, Tom Wright, Mark Leonard Winter, Bea Viegas

Distributor: Madman Entertainment Inc,

Based on the book “Cover-Up” by Jill Jolliffe (2001), Balibo is the story of five Australian journalists who went missing just weeks prior to Indonesia’s invasion of East Timor in 1975, and the efforts of one man determined to find out what happened to them. Balibo is a momentous piece of storytelling, driven by powerhouse performances and sublime direction.

Traditional Timorese songs form a powerful part of the soundtrack and include a children’s choir from Timor opening the film with the powerful O HELE HO, the Fretilin military anthem FOHO RAMELAU, and the political song KOLELE MAI. The film concludes with Ego Lemo’s Balibo, a Tetum language song composed for the film describing the experiences of the Balibo Five journalists the night before they were to die.

Emotionally engaging from start to end, this is a profound cinematic experience that sheds damning light on a 35 year old blind-spot in Australasian history.

-Courtesy Anders Wotzke in

BALIBO Official Film Trailer from Footprint Films.

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