On 13 November 1991, Helen Todd received a phone call every parent dreads.  Her 20 year old son, Kamal, had been injured, shot on a small island the world knew little about – East Timor.  The nightmare of the next few days intensified, until finally she was informed of his death, then blocked from travel to the island by the Indonesian authorities.

In her grief, Helen Todd became determined to avenge her son’s death.  She eventually found a way to fight the Indonesian Government and those responsible in a landmark international court case.  As Kamal’s story unfolds, PUNITIVE DAMAGE is not only a mother’s tale of sorrow, but also a testimony to the brutal reality of Indonesia’s military occupation of East Timor.

Technical Info: 
colour, 35mm, 1.85:1, Dolby
Production Year: 
Medianet Award (Munich); Locarno; Chicago; IDFA; Hawaii
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

New Zealand Film Classification System

Key Roles

Exec. Producer

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Leon Narbey