East Timor endured a brutal 24-year Indonesian occupation from 1975-1999 in which over 200,000 people were killed or disappeared. Few carry these scars more distinctively than Osme Gonsalves, a celebrated artist, singer, poet, actor, and prominent ex-resistance fighter, who struggles to find peace despite the goal of sovereignty being reached.
Frustrated by his nation’s perceived apathy, Osme creates a fake reality television show to travel the districts and interview the population about the contemporary reality of their lives.
This is a fluid mix of documentary & mockumentary, as Osme’s actual life coexists with the hyper-reality of the TV show and it's charismatic host Rambo Marabunta.
It’s an immersive story pulling the audience into the mind of a man living with invasive personal trauma, bravely facing his own demons to deliver a love letter to the nation he fought to free.
This is a timely message of peace and reconciliation for a nation still counting the costs of independence 15 years on.
This is Reality has received development funding from Screen Australia and is progressing towards a target of full production funding in 2018.
Find out more about the film at www.thisisrealityfilm.com