Press release from Pop Culture

In Buenos Aires, Robert Connolly’s political thriller – BALIBO – has taken out the top honour at the first International Festival of Political Change. BALIBO shared the prize with Mexican film PRESUNTO CULPABLE.

The first International Festival of Political Cinema was held in Buenos Aires with the patronage of filmmaker Leonardo Favio. It showcased international films from Australia, Poland, Palestine, Honduras, Paraguay, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru and Argentina on a wide range of political issues.

BALIBO is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes that have been covered up for over thirty years. It follows veteran foreign correspondent Roger East (Anthony LaPaglia, pictured) who is investigating the fate of five missing Australian based journalists, who went missing in East Timor in 1975 during the Indonesian invasion.

BALIBO was released in Australian cinemas in 2009 and received multiple AFI awards in that year, including Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Connolly and David Williamson), Best Actor (Anthony LaPaglia) and Best Supporting Actor (Oscar Isaac).

Robert Connolly was honoured to receive the award and was thrilled that the film continues to reach audiences throughout the world.

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