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`Balibo' director excited by RI public's enthusiasm

  • Agustina Wayansari

    The Jakarta Post

Melbourne   /   Thu, December 10 2009   /  12:38 pm

JP/Agustina WayansariThe director of Balibo, Robert Connolly, is excited with Indonesians' enthusiasm toward his movie despite its banning by the Film Censorship Board (LSF). "It's very exciting to know that many Indonesians still want to see the film. I have been blown away by the huge public interest," he said. Balibo depicts the killing of five foreign journalists by Indonesian soldiers during the invasion of what was then East Timor in 1975. Connolly said it was very interesting that the ban had created more public demand. "*The film* is forcing an interesting public discussion about freedom of expression," he added. He praised Indonesian journalists who defied the ban by screening the film, albeit in front of a meager audience. "The ban is very disappointing. As a film maker, it is important to me to have *the film* seen by the public, especially in In...