Study Guide for the film Punitive Damage which tells the inspiring true story of a young man who lost his life for a cause he believed in and his mother, who refused to let him die in vain.
The events portrayed take place between 1991 and 1994. In light of recent events in East Timor this story is both poignant and prophetic. The human story of a mother and son who sacrifice so much to support a people in another country helps to make a complex political situation both accessible and immediate.
Compiled and written by Amy West, in consultation with Annie Goldson, Helen Yensen and Gaylene Preston.