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Balibo – The Soundtrack
Order your copy of the Balibo soundtrack and receive a free 2 for 1 pass to see the film. Limited time only!
East Timor, 1975: five journalists are missing. One man searches for truth. One man fights for justice. Balibo is a political thriller that tells the true story of crimes that have been covered up for over thirty years.
The music in Balibo combines an original score by world renowned Australian composer Lisa Gerrard, with traditional Timorese songs. Additional original score in Balibo was composed by Marcello de Franchesci and Sam Petty.
Traditional Timorese songs are a powerful part of the soundtrack in Balibo, and include a children’s choir from Timor opening the film with the powerful O Hele Ho, the Fretilin military anthem Foho Ramelau, and the political song Kolele Mai. The film concludes with Ego Lemo’s Balibo, a Tetum language song composed for the film describing the experiences of the Balibo Five journalists the night before they were to die. Ego is one of East Timor’s best known singers, and has spent the last 12 months touring Australia with Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.
Paul Stewart, brother of murdered Balibo Five journalist Tony Stewart, worked with Timorese performer and cast member Osme Gonsvalez, on an English / Tetum language interpretation of Graham Parker 1970s hit Hey Lord Don’t Ask Me Questions to be included on the soundtrack album together with the Dili All Stars political anthem Liberdade.