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Dutch premiere

Festival year: 2010

'Balibo' is a political thriller based on a true story of crimes that have been kept secret for thirty years. As Indonesia is about to invade Timor Leste in 1975, five Australian journalists disappear during their stay in the city of Balibo, Timor Leste. Four weeks later, young and charismatic José Ramos-Horta persuades experienced foreign correspondent Roger East to travel to Timor Leste. While East is doing his utmost to find out what happened to the five journalists, the threat of an impending invasion grows. In the meanwhile a friendship develops between East and the man who was to become president of Timor Leste and win the Nobel Peace Prize.


Australia 2009, 111 min.


Spoken language: English

Subtitles: Dutch

Official website:



+61 2 9319 7011

Dutch distribution:

Entertainment One Benelux

+31 356251200

World sales:

Content Media Corp

+44 207 851 6500

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When & where?

  • Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 13:00

    Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 19:15

    Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 1

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Human rights
crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide
journalism, media & propaganda
political killings & disappearances
truth commissions & historical investigation
war & armed conflict
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