Distributor:  National Film Board of Canada
Length:  54 minutes
Date:  2004
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French; Austronesian
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Women on Patrol

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Women officers in the United Nations Civilian Police face the challenge of establishing law and order in the new nation of East Timor, after decades of Indonesian violence and genocide.

Women on Patrol

At nightfall in East Timor, a father kidnaps his daughter. He's suspected to be armed and dangerous, and the family is frantic. On the scene are Canadian police constables Martine LeRoyer of Montreal and Debbie Doyle, who have just joined the United Nations Civilian Police. Their first assignment is to rescue the little girl from a tiny, ramshackle house.

Since Indonesia occupied East Timor in 1975, the island has been devastated by horrifying violence and genocide. Now, large-scale international efforts are focused on stabilizing the region. Doyle and LeRoyer face enormous challenges on their nine-month tour of duty, from adapting to a new culture and gaining the trust of frightened communities to performing perilous and heartbreaking police work.

This gripping documentary follows the two women, from the capital of Dili to remote villages, chronicling the aftermath of the atrocities that haunt East Timor. Combining intimate interviews, up-close footage and diary cams, Women on Patrol is a riveting look at the rebuilding of a nation, and how the experience profoundly transforms these women--as police officers and as humans.

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Main credits

Lank, Barry (film director)
Lank, Barry (cinematographer)
Buffie, Erna (screenwriter)
MacDonald, Joe (film producer)
Dickie, Bonnie (narrator)

Other credits

Picture editor, David McGunigal; black and white photography, Gerald Meyers; music composer, Michael Richard Plowman.

Distributor credits

Docuseek2 subjects

Southeast Asia
International Law
Law Enforcement
Women's Studies
East Timor

Distributor subjects

Law and Crime
Women - Portraits
Developing Countries
National Security and Defence
International police


; "Women on Patrol"; National Film Board of Canada

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