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Alias Ruby Blade
NR1h 18m
A documentary exploring the role of an Australian filmmaker turned revolutionary in the independence movement in Timor-Leste.


Alias Ruby Blade

Chronicling the tumultuous birth of a new nation - East Timor - told from a very different perspective. Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker in East Timor, but instead became an underground operative for the Timorese resistance against Indonesia in Jakarta. Her code name: Ruby Blade. Her task: to become a conduit for information and instruction between the resistance movement and its enigmatic leader, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmão, while he was serving life in prison for his revolutionary activities. Through correspondence, they fell in love. Alias Ruby Blade captures their incredible love story, from this beginning to the triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of ordinary individuals to change the course of history.

  • Creators
  • Alex Meillier
  • Cast
  • Alex Meillier
  • Constancio Pinto
  • José Ramos Horta
  • Kirsty Sword Gusmão
  • Tanya Ager Meillier
  • Xanana Gusmão
  • Genre
  • Documentary
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