Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution

  • Directed by Alex Meillier
  • United States, 2012, 78 mins., English

Once an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Kirsty Sword instead became a revolutionary, working in Jakarta for the Timorese resistance. Using the pseudonym “Ruby Blade,” she smuggled video equipment, computers, and audiocassettes to their leader Gusmão, who was serving a life sentence in the notorious Cipinang Prison. As they exchanged letters, video messages, paintings, photographs, and even bonsai trees, they fell in love without ever having met. Meillier’s film explores not only their remarkable relationship, but also the history of a resistance that led to East Timor’s independence in 1999.

Genres: Documentary