P1040715

Birth of a Nation

Running Time: 24 minutes
Producer: Nick Sturdee/Reporter: Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy,
Aired on: Channel 4
Year: 2007

Eight years on from its bloody split from Indonesia, one of the world’s youngest democracies is being ravaged by widespread gang violence and disorder as a UN force tries desperately to keep the peace

And, as filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy finds out, elements of the rebel group, which spent more than 20 years fighting the Indonesian army are threatening to restart their armed resistance, putting the future viability of the fledgling state of Timor into doubt.