By MELISSA WELLHAM
The Indonesian occupation of East Timor is a period of political history still fresh in the minds of many Australians. The brutal and violent invasion, which lasted from 1976 well into the 90s, was a divisive issue in Australia – and indeed, the world over – for many years.
Alias Ruby Blade is a documentary that covers this period of history – but from a never-before-seen perspective.
This is not just a documentary about the tumultuous birth of a new nation. This is also a story of intrigue, revolution and romance.
At the heart of Alias Ruby Blade is Kirsty Sword, a young Australian activist who dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker – but instead became an underground operative for the Timorese resistance in Indonesia.