Alias Ruby Blade

Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love And Revolution
(78 min) East Timor/Indonesia/USA
[watch trailer]

Thursday 10/17, 8:10 PM (Session 1) - FREE ADMISSION

Director Alex Meillier
Producer: Tanya Meillier


Intrigue. Romance. Revolution. This action-packed documentary 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 ├ČRuby Blade.├« Her task: to become a conduit of information and instruction for the enigmatic leader of the resistance, Kay Rala "Xanana" Gusm"o, 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 the beginning to the ultimate triumph of freedom in East Timor, demonstrating the astonishing power of how ordinary individuals can change the course of history.


Alex and Tanya Meillier are husband and wife, an American and British team of documentary filmmakers. Their credits as editors include Michael Moore's Capitalism: A Love Story, the Sundance Film Channel series Beginnings and the feature documentary film Obscene, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Their production company, Ager Meillier Films, has spearheaded a diverse range of projects, producing dozens of short films from around the world for The Action Center to End World Hunger, an interactive exhibition in Lower Manhattan sponsored by Mercy Corps and American Express, and producing and directing the video content for the award winning Web site JFK50, dedicated to the legacy of US President John F. Kennedy. Working for the UN, they first came to East Timor in 2005 to shoot and report stories from the field for UNTV. This experience left an indelible mark on the Meilliers, and they have sought ever since to advance the cause of the Timorese to the forefront of public discourse and to aid them in their new, twenty-first century struggle against endemic poverty.

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