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Genres: Drama , Mystery , Thriller
Actors: Bea Viegas , Christine Martins , Ana Rosa Mendoça , Mazarela Martins , Nazário Baptista , Michael Stone , Jose Belo , Anamaria Barreto , Nick Farnell , Anthony LaPaglia , Ella Watson-Russell , Oscar Isaac , Simon Stone , Tom Wright , Julia Pratt
Director: Robert Connolly
Country: Australia
Year: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 (1340 votes)

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.

Film Review

Greetings ,im from IndonesiaThis film maybe speak the truth of the real events on Balibo 75, the version of truth by the Western people (including Australians of course) and pro-Fretilin people,like Jose Ramos Horta. But it totally different with our version (Hey,Im from Indonesia) ,we believe that 5 Australians journalist died because their hideout place was burned by some explosive (maybe some mortar or grenade) during 4 hours war in Balibo near the Chinese house. We didn't yet know what actually happens there.. And the other truth. Yes,our troop (Indonesian) invade that country with the authorization of the US Government,including US President (Who left Indonesia 2 days before the invasion begin). US Government also send us lot of modern military stuff for invade East Timor (Such as OV10 Bronco, Bell 205 and 412). And Roger East also being executed and they dispose his body to the ocean..Im sorry but lot of Indonesian people still believe that Roger East being executed by Fret…

Robert Connolly's Balibo is a compelling political thriller. It "is a true story" based on Jill Jolliffe's book, Cover-Up.It is in fact four stories:* The story of five Australian journalists who were murdered at Balibo by the Indonesian forces that invaded East Timor in 1975.* Of Roger East, an Australian journalist who sought the truth about their deaths.* Of Juliana who testifies as an adult to her experiences in Dili as an eight year old.* Of the spirit of the East Timorese people as embodied in their current President José Ramos Horta. Connolly and playwright David Williamson have constructed a script that has avoided potential pitfalls associated with layers of flashbacks. At times the pace faltered as the context or the suspense was being established.There is little attempt to present detailed characterisations of the Balibo 5. Damon Gameau as Greg Shackleton is the focus of the group. His re-enactment of Shackleton's famous TV report from the fron…


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