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East Timor- Birth of a Nation: Lu Olo's Story | 55mins
Director: Luigi Acquisto | Producer: Stella Zammataro & Luigi Acquisto
Focus Years: 2002 | Country: Australia
Subject Tags: australia, communication, east timor, governance, leadership, oceania, peace, politics
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"East Timor- Birth of a Nation: Lu Olo's Story" is the story of Francisco "Lu Olo" Guterres, a commander in East Timor's guerrilla army who spent 24 years fighting Indonesian rule. When the Indonesians withdrew in November 1999, Lu Olo left his mountain camp and began the difficult transition from soldier to politician. As a civilian, Lu Olo now has to deal with people in very different ways. Former allies have become political rivals and there is the difficult issue of reconciliation with former enemies. And as a politician and community leader, Lu Olo has become an eligible widower and the matchmakers are on his trail. "East Timor Birth of a Nation" follows East Timor’s journey towards nationhood and looks at how a country is born, literally from the ashes of the past, and how the East Timorese people are working to build a future. The series explores the complex issues and difficult decisions that are involved in the creation of a truly independent nation. It also examines the role of international players such as the United Nations and Australia in the process. The first episode follows a woman's struggle to reunite her family. The second shows a man's transition from resistance soldier to political leader.
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