“The story of East Timor’s struggle for independence is inextricably intertwined with the legacy of its first President, Xanana Gusmão, a guerilla that led the 24-year liberation war against Indonesian occupation of East Timor, 7 of those years from a prison in Jakarta. His extraordinary life is one that could easily have been shrouded in feelings of bitterness and hatred, but as the film Where The Sun Rises shows, President Gusmão displays courage and grace under fire, believing in the power of peace and forgiveness to repair his ravaged nation.
Where The Sun Rises is an exploration of the nature and power of forgiveness, and its potential for freeing lives. It is the first film to be fully narrated by a Head of State, a remarkable triumph for director, Grace Phan. I had the opportunity to pick her brains on her working relationship with President Gusmão and the stories of the Timorese that left their indelible mark on her soul. MORE »
"Where The Sun Rises" – RTP1, Sábado 21 de Junho (23:40)
A Journey of Forgiveness, by Ci’en, 10 Sep 2007