Crowd Funding Campaign
A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ – BEATRIZ’S WAR
Support East Timor’s First Feature Film and Help Make History.
After 500 years of foreign colonisation and occupation we are free to tell our story.
CAMPAIGN FOR FINAL POST PRODUCTION
|We have raised an astounding $15,675 to go towards the postproduction and distribution of Timor Leste’s first feature film A Guerra da Beatriz! Dili Film Works would like to give our thanks to those that donated to the post-production of A Guerra da Beatriz. The Dili Premiere of the film on September 17th was a momentous and exciting occasion. If you have any friends, relatives or colleagues who would be interested in donating to A Guerra da Beatriz please forward this information on to them.
Dili Film Works & FairTrade Films
Dili Film Works & FairTrade Films Australia are currently working together with young East Timorese producers, writers and actors to complete East Timor’s first locally produced feature film, A Guerra da Beatriz, a powerful love story spanning the years 1975 – 2002.
The producers would like to thank the many individuals and organisations who have supported the film over the last two years including former President of East Timor, and Noble Peace Laureate, Jose Ramos Horta, Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, and Kirsty Sword Gusmao.
Filming and picture editing are now completed. We are now raising funds for the final stages of post production – the sound mix, picture grade, visual effects and ‘prints’ to show at film festivals around the world. So help us make history and support Timor Leste’s first feature film.
A Guerra da Beatriz is a bold reworking of the 16th century French Martin Guerre story. The original story is transposed to Portuguese Timor on the eve of the Indonesian invasion of the small nation.
A Guerra da Beatriz starts in 1975 with the wedding of two children, Beatriz and Tomas, in a small mountain village in the heart of Timor. The families are determined to fight the invading Indonesian army and decide to combine their strengths, money and soldiers, through the marriage of the children.
When the village is attacked Beatriz and Tomas flee to the mountains and live and fight with the resistance until they surrender in 1983, the year Beatriz gives birth to her son, and move to the village of Kraras. The child’s life` is threatened when Indonesian soldiers massacre every male in the village, over two hundred children and men, in retribution for an attack by the Timorese resistance and Kraras becomes known as the ‘village of widows’. Tomas, Beatriz’s husband, is arrested and disappears. Beatriz is unable to find his body and desperately holds onto the hope that he has somehow escaped and will return.
For the next 16 years Beatriz becomes a clandestine leader, often brutally forcing the other women to ‘marry’ Indonesian soldiers so as to collect intelligence and to ‘grow an army’ that will one day fight the occupiers.
In 1999, following East Timor’s independence, Tomas returns. After the massacre he’d fled to the mountains and fought with the resistance. The couple’s reunion is troubled, but also passionate and moving. Beatriz discovers a different man to the boy who had left her years earlier. Tomas is now wiser, confident, and brave, something he never was as a child or a young man. He has learnt much from life as a soldier. But as time passes, Beatriz makes a chilling discovery. She becomes convinced that Tomas is an impostor, that she has mistaken a stranger for her husband. Who is this man? Why has he taken on a new identity? Tomas’s sister and family accuse Beatriz of treachery, of madness. But she is determined to discover the truth.
A Guerra da Beatriz is the haunting, passionate story of one woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought.
A Guerra da Beatriz has been co-written written by Irim Tolentino, an award winning Timorese author. Bety Reis is co-directing the film with Luigi Acquisto. Stella Zammataro and Lurdes Pires are producing and Jose da Costa from Dili Film Works isl co-producing the film. Over 60 Timorese worked as crew on the film.
The cast features Irim Tolentino as Beatriz. Irim is an original member of the renowned Bibi Bulak theatre company in East Timor. She worked on Balibo and has starred in many local theatre and television productions. Jose da Costa will play Tomas. Jose is East Timor’s most experienced actor. He played major roles in Answered by Fire and Balibo.
A Guerra Da Beatriz will be the first in a succession of exciting East Timorese films that tell the story of the nation through the eyes of Timorese writers, directors and producers. Most importantly it will contribute to a sense of nationhood by identifying themes and histories that unite rather than fragment the Timorese people.
Where will it be seen?
SBS TV in Australia and The World Movie Channel have acquired the film for broadcast. The finished film will have a gala premiere screening in Dili, tour East Timor’s districts, be entered into prestigious film festivals, be presented at film and television markets and be available for sale on the Internet and as a DVD. The film has an international sales agent, Media Luna, and will be shown in Australian Cinemas in late 2013.
How to Contribute to the Film:
There are three ways to contribute to the film. Become a Fan Club Member, Sponsor or Invest in the Film. You can use the Pay Pal ‘Donate’ button above or download the relevant forms from the FairTrade Films website here and make your contribution via bank deposit, cheque or money order.
Fan Club Member: $60
FairTrade Films hosts a fan club for the film A Guerra Da Beatriz. By joining the fan club you can support the production of the film and receive some great rewards. Membership entitles you to – A DVD copy of the completed film. The bi-monthly FairTrade Films newsletter about the film and other productions delivered direct to your inbox. Your name on the website credit list as a supporter of the film. Your name in the film’s credits as a supporter of the film.
Sponsorship: $200 +
By sponsoring this film you will contribute to the birth of a film industry in East Timor. Sponsorship will ensure that a greater proportion of the film’s profits return to East Timor, as fewer investors will be required. You will receive the same perks as above plus two extra DVD copies of the final film.
Investment: $2000 minimum
By investing in this film you will contribute to the birth of a film industry in East Timor. Contact Stella to discuss how to invest in the film and receive a copy of the investment guidelines and agreement.
Contact: Stella Zammataro
670 7724 8132 (Timor Leste)
61 3 9417 1864 (Office Australia)
61 417 592 977 (Mobile)