Released: 16 November 2012       

Country: United States  

Director: Alex Meillier

Producer: Tanya Ager Meillier

Writers: Tanya Ager Meillier, Alex Meillier 

Lead Actors: Xanana Gusmão, José Ramos Horta, Geoffrey Robinson


The documentary Alias Ruby Blade focuses on the independence of Timor-Leste, told through the story of Kirsty Sword Gusmão, human rights activist and former First Lady of Timor-Leste. Once an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Kirsty worked for a time for the Timorese resistance in Jakarta, where she was known under the nom-de-guerre Ruby Blade and became acquainted with Xanana Gusmão, then leader of the resistance and later the country’s first president. 

CCOI’s Role:

CCOI provided technical assistance to the filmmakers, as well as access to archival material. 

Related UN Issues: 

Sustainable Development Goals - #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and #17 Parternships for Goals

News Coverage:

[Tribeca Film Festival] Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution

[United Nations] UN peacekeeping work in Timor-Leste appears in Tribeca Film Festival Entry