Alias Ruby Blade (Meillier, 2012): Curzon Soho, 6.40pm
This film is screening as part of the Human Rights watch Film Festival.
This documentary about the remarkable love story between human rights
activist Kirsty Sword and political prisoner Xanana Gusmão proves that
ordinary people truly can make a difference. Armed with nothing more
than determination and a sense of justice, the two lovers struggled for
many years for the independence of East Timor.
While working in Jakarta
for the Timorese resistance, Sword used the pseudonym Ruby Blade to
smuggle video equipment, computers and audio cassettes to their leader
Gusmão, who was serving a life sentence in the notorious Cipinang Jail.
This was followed by an intense correspondence between the two that
lasted many years. They exchanged letters, video messages, paintings,
photographs and even bonsai trees, and grew ever closer to one another,
falling in love without ever having met.
Through remarkable archive material and
accounts from friends, fellow combatants and Sword herself, the film
explores not only their remarkable relationship but also the history of a
decade of peaceful resistance that ultimately led to the first new
democracy of this millennium.
You can see a trailer via this link.