BALIBO – Now see the documentary.

FairTrade Films is working with Dili Film Works to tell the story of the Balibo Five murders and the subsequent invasion of Portuguese Timor later in 1975.  Check out our new fundraising campaign for more information and to see how you can support this important film.

Archive: November Newsletter 2012


The November newsletter is currently available for download and contains some great photos as well as a fantastic write-up on the recent private screening of A Guerra da Beatriz at the home of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. The team from Dili Film Works and FairTrade Films along with actor/composer Osme Gonsalves and actor Commandante Funu Lakan were very proud to screen the rough cut and hear some very positive comments from the former resistance leader and current Prime Minister.

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Just one story from the bloodsoaked birth of free timor

The Sydney Morning Herald have run an article about A Guerra da Beatriz. It was written by visiting journalist Wendy Frew who spent time with some of the cast and crew recently in Dili where post production is currently underway.

“Historians often say the past is a foreign country but in East Timor it’s a thread that runs through the fabric of daily life…” continue reading here

The article has recently also been re-printed in the Brisbane Times and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers amongst many others.

Jose da Costa, left, who plays Tomas in “A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War)” and who is a co-producer of the film; and Bety Reis, in their “editing” suite in Dili. Dili Film Works’ Photo: Wendy Frew

Archive: Filming of “A Guerra da Beatriz” Completed

Filming has now completed on A Guerra da Beatriz (Beatriz’s War), a collaboration between FairTrade Films Australia and Dili Film Works.

The films two directors Bety Reis and Luigi Aqcuisto are working closely with editor Nick Calpakdjian to complete a rough cut by the end of July.

The final stage of the film was mostly shot in the village of Kraras in the Viqueque district of East Timor. The cast and crew numbered over seventy people and on some days there were 200 extras working on the film. Most of the crew were Timorese. Ten Australians were employed on the film to fill some of the key crew roles and to train up and coming Timorese cinematographers, sound recordists and producers. David Elfick, a highly experienced Australian producer joined the shoot for the last week and mentored co-director Bety Reis and other Timorese crew. David was present at the renaissance of the Australian film industry in the 1970’s and has produced many films including Rabbit Proof Fence. David has a close association with East Timor having run a workshop for Dili Film Works in 2010. He is now working together with FairTrade Films to produce a television drama series on the Battle of Timor in 1942 when a handful of Australian commandos halted the Japanese advance through south-east Asia.

A Guerra da Beatriz has received fantastic support from many generous individuals and organisations, however we are still raising funds for the completion of the film. If you would like to contribute, you can visit the Fan Club and/or Fundraising page for information on how you can help fund the completion of East Timor’s first feature film. To view a selection of images taken from our time spent filming in Kraras click here or visit the Facebook page for A Guerra da Beatriz.

Archive: Film Screenings Update 2013

Last night saw a sell out screening of the remarkable documentary Lu Olo’s Story. Many people missed out on tickets due to the film’s popularity. The President of Fretilin, Franciso ‘Lu Olo’ Guterres attended the screening and received a standing ovation at the end of the film. Dili Film Works would like to thank Lu Olo for his support and wishes him well in the upcoming Presidential campaign. Thank you also to former Prime Minister, Mari Alkatiri, who also attended the screening. The film featured Mari Alkatiri as well as Xanana Gusmao and is a rare document of the early days of independence in Timor Leste. The film will be repeated later in the year.

Next week another film about our region STRANGE BIRDS IN PARADISE about West Papua. Book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $10 and can be delivered to you. Contact Nick on 749 1240 or email

For a list of films that will be showing as part of the series, please email