Alias Ruby Blade

Love in a time of revolution. Alias Ruby Blade tells the story of a unique love between two freedom fighters, Australian activist Kirsty Sword and “Xanana” Gusmão, the enigmatic leader of the East Timorese resistance against Indonesia in the 70s.

Intrigue, Romance, Revolution.  It all comes together in a documentary film that chronicles the tumultuous birth of a new nation in East Timor from a never-before-see 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” Gusmão 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.




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