Winner - Cinema For Peace Award - Most Valuable Documentary of the Year
Nominated - Tribeca Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
Winner - Best Life Award - 2013 Biografilm Festival
IDFA - World Premiere
Tribeca Film Festival - North American Premiere
Human Rights Film Festival - UK Premiere
Intrigue. Romance. Revolution. It all comes together in a documentary film which chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor through a never-before-seen perspective.
Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist, aspired to be a documentary filmmaker, but instead became an underground operative for the Timorese resistance in Jakarta code named 'Ruby Blade'. Her task: to become a conduit of information and instruction for the enigmatic leader of the resistance, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusmao, 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 ultimate triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of ordinary individuals to change the course of history.
"Director Alex Meillier weaves a tale of bravery and selfless devotion" - Joel Arnold, NPR.
"Compelling blend of political documentary and romance...deeply personal and inspirational" - Josh Ralske, Moviemaker Magazine.
"Larger-than-life story ...a once forbidden affair, revolutionary triumph and suspenseful political espionage." - Nina Strochlic, The Daily Beast.
"Compelling and undeniably convincing in its approach ...an incredible documentation of teamwork, love, political activism and a nation's brutal fight to be free." - Jennifer Szulman, Review Fix.
"This inspiring and enlightening documentary about an extraordinary relationship...is wholly engaging and incredibly absorbing." - Jennifer Tate, View London.