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Feature film set for third Echuca screening

A special screening of a feature film, Beatriz’s War, will be shown at Echuca's Paramount Theatre on Sunday to raise money for projects in East Timor.

IVY WISE May 7, 2014 3:50am

St Joseph's College leadership team teacher Glenn Roberts (left) with son Justin (right) and Aileu teacher and Timorese Government youth ambassador Jose Valante during a visit to East Timor.

The first Timorese feature film will have its third screening in Echuca on Sunday, to help St Joseph’s College students raise money for projects in East Timor.

Beatriz’s War, which depicts the clandestine movement during the small country’s 24-year long war with Indonesia, is co-written and co-directed by Luigi Acquisto, who is excited to have film screened in Echuca as he has connections here.

‘‘I have family who live and run businesses in Echuca,’’ he said.

Mr Acquisto said he hoped the film would interest district residents, as he believed there was strong support for East Timor in Echuca.

‘‘St Joseph’s College is doing some wonderful work through its fundraising for Timor, but also through its student trips to the country,’’ he said.

‘‘It is critical that young Australians understand the role that Australia, for good and bad, has played in shaping East Timor. I know that the Timorese greatly appreciate these visits and they are mutually enriching to both parties.’’

The college takes 18 students to the Aileu district of East Timor every June to learn about the new nation and work in the schools and communities they visit.

Teacher Glenn Roberts said students and staff paid for the trip themselves as all money raised went directly to schools and health services.

‘‘This funding is vital as we discovered during our staff visit in April,’’ he said.

‘‘As Timor is progressing, the financial assistance from other countries and agencies is reducing, but the standard of living of the majority of the people has not improved.’’

A special Mother’s Day screening of Beatriz’s War will be held at 2.30pm at the Paramount Theatre.

The cost is $20, which includes afternoon tea.

Tickets are available at the college.

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