Where the Sun Rises

Indigenous Cultures, Asia
Grace Phan
81 minutes


Movies that Matter Amnesty International Film Festival
Gold Award Cinematography Australian Cinematographer's Society
Special Jury Prize AFI Dallas International Film Festival
Audience Award Sydney Film Festival


Xanana Gusmao of East Timor is a living legend of our time- warrior, poet, peace visionary. The leader of one of the world's newest nations takes us on a breathtaking and intimate journey. Gusmao gives his own account of war, prison, sacrifice, and raising a nation from ashes. Traveling across the cloud-enshrouded mountains, emerald jungles and azure seas of Timor, Gusmao leads us to hidden villages and colorful characters with powerful stories. The physical journey reveals the raw, awesome beauty of Timor-Leste to the world for the very first time. "Where the Sun Rises" is the first-ever documentary fully narrated by a Head of State.



Grace Phan

Award-winning filmmaker, television presenter and producer, Grace Phan, has anchored a wide spectrum of general news, current affairs, business and feature programmes during her 7+ years in television, first with CNBC, then on ABC Asia Pacific. In recognition of her talents, Grace was named "Best News Presenter" in the 2000 Asian Television Awards. She was also a finalist for the "Best News Anchor" award in the 2002 New York Festivals.


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