Starting From Zero| 52mins
Director: Fabio Cavadini & Amanda King | Producer: Dai Le & Amanda King
Focus Years: 2001 | Country: Australia
"Starting From Zero" is a story about three people exiled from East Timor in their youth. Twenty-four years later, theyâ€™ve returned to their shattered homeland to contribute to its reconstruction. Meet Ines Almeida, Lola dos Reis and Jacinto Tinocu â€“ three Australian-East Timorese â€“ who are now embarking on arguably the most challenging experience of their lives. This documentary provides an intimate insight into these individuals as they juggle their aspirations and expectations within two different cultural experiences. Ines is media relations officer to Xanana Gusmao, President of the East Timorese interim government body during the United Nations mandate. While Jacinto searches for his extended family, he finds a job promoting Portuguese Government programs. Lola is the only Timorese to hold the position of director of an international aid agency.