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A Hero's Journey

Directed by

Grace Phan




80 minutes




Tetum, Portuguese, English


They won the war with courage and sacrifice. Now they fight for the future through forgiveness and reconciliation. The President of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao, takes us on a breathtaking and intimate journey. Revelations from the 24-year Resistance war against Indonesian occupation, to the present-day challenges of building the world's youngest nation from ashes, and the courageous journey from war, prison and sacrifice to forgiveness and reconciliation - a powerful and universal theme which transcends all geographical, cultural and ethnic boundaries.

As we traverse this mystical land of cloud-enshrouded mountains, emerald jungles and turquoise seas, Gusmao is the conduit to other colourful characters with powerful personal stories: An old man tortured, mutilated by fellow Timorese as well as Indonesian soldiers, but who calls on all to be free including from hatred; a nun who witnessed the massacre of hundreds; the man who betrayed Gusmao into Indonesian hands physical journey reveals the raw, stunning beauty of Timor-Leste to the world for the very first time. First-ever documentary fully narrated by a Head of State.



Grace Phan

Produced by

Lux Lucis

International Sales/Distribution


Xanana Gusmão


2006, East Timor, President, Biography, Resistance War, Indonesia, War, Prison, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Culture, Timor-Leste

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