The Diplomat

1 x 80 min documentary feature

For 24 years Jose Ramos Horta campaigned to secure independence for East Timor, a Portuguese colony invaded by Indonesia in 1975. The Diplomat takes up Ramos Horta’s story in the final dramatic stages of his long journey – the fall of Indonesia’s President Suharto, the referendum to determine East Timor’s future, the overwhelming vote for independence, the devastating carnage that ensued, the intervention of United Nations peacekeepers, and Ramos Horta’s final triumphant return to his homeland.

Producer: Sally Browning
Director: Tom Zubrycki
Co Producer: Wilson da Silva
Executive Producer: Stefan Moore
Editor: Ray Thomas

Winner: Most Popular Documentary – Sydney Film Festival
Winner: AFI / AACTA Awards: Best Documentary; Best Direction
Winner: UN Media Peace Awards – Nomination: General Television Category
Winner: Hawaii International Film Festival: Golden Maile award for Best Documentary
Winner: Austcare Media Awards: Winner in TV Category; Overall Winner
Winner: One World Film Festival: Winner Rudolf Vrba Award
Nomination: Best Documentary– TV Week Logies Awards