On the Birth of a Nation: Turning points

Documentary heritage submitted by Timor-Leste and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2013.

The Max Stahl collection of audiovisual documents on the Birth of the Nation of Timor Leste consists of  documents considered the key record of events which transformed the fate of a community far from the centres of power and of normal interests in a common cause of communities across the world. These images and documentary stories of the story of a new nation born in part due to their transmission across millions of screens of the sufferings on a scale which few could imagine. Timor Leste is the first nation to liberate itself through the power of audiovisual images. In the last century audiovisual media enabled a global voice to those who never before had the education or the opportunity to communicate. . Timor Leste was a landmark in this development.

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