A Hero’s Journey (aka Where the Sun Rises)

They won the war with courage and sacrifice. Now they fight for the future through forgiveness and reconciliation.

A Hero's Journey (Where the Sun Rises)The President of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao, Where the Sun Rises (also released as A Hero’s Journey) takes us on a breathtaking and intimate journey.

Revelations from the 24-year Resistance war against Indonesian occupation, to the present-day challenges of building the world’s youngest nation from ashes, and the courageous journey from war, prison and sacrifice to forgiveness and reconciliation – a powerful and universal theme which transcends all geographical, cultural and ethnic boundaries.

As we traverse this mystical land of cloud-enshrouded mountains, emerald jungles and turquoise seas, Gusmao is the conduit to other colourful characters with powerful personal stories: An old man tortured, mutilated by fellow Timorese as well as Indonesian soldiers, but who calls on all to Be free including from hatred; a nun who witnessed the massacre of hundreds; the man who betrayed Gusmao into Indonesian hands physical journey reveals the raw, stunning beauty of Timor-Leste to the world for the very first time. This is the first-ever documentary fully narrated by a Head of State.