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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A STORY OF LOVE AND REVOLUTION

Directed by Alex Meillier
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 78 Minutes North American Premiere
FILM GUIDE ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A STORY OF LOVE AND REVOLUTION
Veteran documentary editor and producer Alex Meillier takes a turn in the director’s chair to tell the remarkable story of documentarian-turned-activist Kirsty Sword Gusmão. Beginning with only a simple curiosity in the islands to the north of her native Australia, she becomes a forceful advocate for the tiny nation of Timor-Leste and a lynchpin in its harrowing struggle for independence. Meillier turns Gusmão and her team’s firsthand footage of the revolution into an insider’s guide to the personalities and secret networks that kept it alive. Along the way, we meet the charismatic leader of the resistance, Xanana, whose relationship with Kirsty would redefine the cause for which they both were fighting.

Alias Ruby Blade is an engaging portrait of a revolution with deep resonance in the events of the Arab Spring. By focusing his film on the movement’s most unlikely member, who in turn becomes one of its most indispensible agents, Meillier gives a personal edge to the individual sacrifices and courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times.

—Arthur Ryel-Lindsey
Documentary
About the Director(s)
ALEX MEILLIER has traveled throughout Southeast Asia as a documentary filmmaker for the United Nations. With his wife Tanya Ager Meillier, he has produced short films for Mercy Corps’ Action Center to End World Hunger and JFK50.org. Originally from Minneapolis, Meillier is a graduate of NYU and resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2012
  • Length:
    78 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Alex Meillier
  • Screenwriter:
    Tanya Ager Meillier, Alex Meillier
  • Producer:
    Tanya Ager Meillier, Richard Keddie
  • Editor:
    Tanya Ager Meillier, Alex Meillier
  • Director of Photography:
    Shane Sigler
  • Executive Producer:
    Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker, Silvio Salom
  • Composer:
    Paul Brill
  • Cast:
    Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Xanana Gusmão, José Ramos-Horta

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Tanya Ager Meillier
    Ager Meillier Films Inc.
    New York, 11205
    Phone: 917 678 3423
    tanyaager@gmail.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Tim Sparke
    MercuryMedia International
    London, W11 4AT
    Phone: +44 20 7221 7221
    tsparke@mercurymedia.org
  • International Sales Contact
    Tim Sparke
    MercuryMedia International
    London, W11 4AT
    Phone: +44 20 7221 7221
    tsparke@mercurymedia.org
  • Press Contact
    Weiman Seid
    FAT DOT
    New York, NY 10014
    Phone: 212 691 4224
    weimanseid@fatdot.net
  • Press Contact
    Jenny Lawhorn
    Fat Dot
    New York, 10014
    Phone: 212 691 4224
    jennylawhorn@fatdot.net

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