After last years agreement between the Vietnamese Film Instituut and the European Foundation Joris Ivens to establish an active partnership director André Stufkens visited Vietnam on the invitation of director Vũ Nguyên Hùng. The purpose of the successful visit was to make concrete appointments further developing this collaboration of exchange of knowledge and expertise.
On March 28th, during the 2017 annual meeting of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies will be presented to prof. Thomas Waugh for his magisterial The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens, 1912-1989. It is thé ultimate peer review recognition of the intellectual quality and vibrance of this first book about the complete film oeuvre of Joris Ivens.
Mark Hamlyn made a new composition for The Billi Brass Quintet for Ivens' 'the Bridge'. It is part of the Billi Brass' Silent Films Project.
In the series 'Stationen der Filmgeschichte' (Stations of Film History) the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf presents films of 100 Master film directors who influenced film history. Stations are sites of arrivals, departures, crossings and switches, similar to icons of film history: the selected film directors paved the way of new directions, cross overs and switches in filmmaking. On 3 January the Filmmuseum presents three films of Joris Ivens: Lied der Ströme (1954, Song of the Rivers), ...à Valparaiso (1963) and Regen (19 ...
‘A new Ivens’, this is how German film historian Günter Jordan describes the documentary The Compass Rose (Die Wndrose, 1957). With an outstanding cast, like Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Helene Weigel, with outstanding directors like Alberto Cavalcanti, Yannick Bellon and Gilio Pontecorvo, this five-episode omnibus film presented a new style and format in documentary film. It was shown during the International Documentary Festival DOKS Leipzig celebrating its 70th anniversary on 3 November.
During the UBUD Writers festival on Bali the 'Black Armada/Hitam Armada' exhibition was presented at the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Dr. Helena Studdert, consul-general of Australia on Bali, attended the opening event. This travelling exhibition, with the permanent screening of Ivens' Indonesia Calling, made by the National Maritime Museum of Australia on the initiative of Mr. Anthony Liem was already shown in Sydney and Yogyakarta. It will be shown at the end of November at the Margarana National Park to commemorate the ...
On Friday prof. Thomas Waugh (Concordia University, Montreal) presented his monumental 'The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1912-1989' in EYE Amsterdam. Together with Amsterdam University Press and the European Foundation Joris Ivens, EYE organized an expertmeeting, two filmscreenings of six Ivensfilms and a live music performance accompanying Rain (Regen, 1929, Ivens/Franken). This marked the launch of a book that for the first time surveys all the films of Ivens, with a description, analysis and ...
At the occasion of the launch of Thomas Waugh's masterly book The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1926-1989, a special Joris Ivens Seminar will organized in EYE Study on 21 October 2016. Paul Kusters, president of the Ivens Foundation, will be the moderator of the day with lectures and debates focussing on 'Ivens & The Netherlands'. The programme also includes the screening of Indonesia Calling!, New Earth, The Bridge, Rotterdam-Europoort and a Q&A.
The 13th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas. The Festival celebrates extraordinary stories, amplifies brave voices, and tackles global issues through the lens of literature and the arts. On 30 October Ivens’ Indonesia Calling! will be shown with a Q&A of Agung Rai, Anthony and Helen Liem and other guests from the Australian National Maritime Museum.
With the bulky book 'Saviour of the Tenth Muse. Jan de Vaal and the Netherlands Filmmuseum, 1946-1987' the European Foundation Joris Ivens is presenting the treasures of the national film archive of the Netherlands, as collected, presented and preserved by Jan de Vaal (1922-2001). Until now only sporadically has been published about the pioneering activities by its first director. He started in 1946 without anything, no film, no money, no housing, nog experience and no personnel. After 40 years he left the film museum with 1 ...
The director of the Vietnames Film Institute gave a precious present to the Ivens Foundation, when both FIAF-institutions met in Nijmegen on Thursday 30th of June. Mr. Dao Quoc Hung (on the photo: second from the left side) handed over the found footage of Ivens' visits to Vietnam when Ivens started filmmaking durign the war against the US in 1965. Most of the footage concerns outtakes of Le ciel, la terre (1966) and various meetings in North-Vietnam. Next year the Vitenames Film Institute will commemorate the 50th anni ...
The Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden will performing a live concert with film screening of Rain (Regen, Ivens-Franken 1929) during the 7th Shostakovich-Days. The Final concert programs Ludwig von Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Dessau and Hanns Eislers Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain (1941) with the film.
NAMU in Prague, the publishing house of the Academy of Arts, presented the Czech translation of André Stufkens book Joris Ivens. Filmmaker of the World (518 pages). This Czech book explores the content, production, meaning and reception of 21 Ivens films and was first published in Dutch and German in 2008 and 2009 as part of the DVD box. Especially a chapter about the relationship between Joris Ivens and the Czech Republic has been added, focussing on the documentary The First Years.
What are the greatest documentaries ever made? The international film magazine Sight&Sound publishes in the September issue 2014 a poll of 340 critics and filmmakers in the search for authoritative answers. In this list a remarkable number of 11 Ivens’films were voted.
Arthur Locke/ Chang, former Secretary of the Chinese Seamen's Union and actor in the 1946 film Indonesia Calling! passed away on 15th of January. On the film still of this page we see Arthur delivering a fiery address to a crowd of seamen in Sydney in 1945 in support of Indonesia Merdeka / Independent Indonesia. This was the only sequence of Indonesia Calling! with sound registration.
He arrived in Australia as a 13 year old with his dad who was a cook and Arthur was asked to stand on his own feet in a harsh world and order of deportation under the white Australia policy. The Seamen's Union gave him the 'protection and education' and he combined this with being articulate and this was recognised by his mentor Fred Wong.
As the Secretary of the Chinese Seamen’s Union, Arthur stood together with the Australian Waterside Workers, Indonesian seamen and Indian seamen, to impose a black ban on Netherlands Indies ships, intent on returning to Indonesia to suppress independence and facilitate the reinstatement of the 200 year old Dutch colonial rule. It was this shipping ban that granted the embattled Indonesian Nationalists an invaluable pause and opportunity, to set up a fledgling government and fight a desperate battle against superior forces in Surabaya and Semarang in November 1945. Subsequently, this support for the Indonesian independence movement by the Australian Maritime Unions and their friends, won the support of the Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley and his Foreign Minister Herbert Evatt in the United Nations. Notably, the Australian government later accepted Indonesia’s request to represent it, in the independence negotiations in the United Nations.
In 1942, when the Indonesians, mainly seamen, arrived in Australia with their fleeing Dutch masters, seeking refuge from the advancing Japanese army, it was the Chinese Seamen’s Union and the Chinese Youth League in Sydney’s Haymarket, that looked after their welfare. They housed and fed the seamen, who went on strike for equal work conditions and pay, and in 1945, for an independent Indonesia. These seamen had not been paid by their Dutch employers and a number of them had been gaoled, because of their political beliefs.
Against this backdrop, on a cold Sydney morning, on the initiative of his mentor, Kenneth Frederick Wong, President and Founder of the Chinese Youth League and the Chinese Seamen’s Union, young Arthur Locke, drove a truck to collect some 20 Indonesian sailors, all TB patients evicted by the Dutch from the Princess Juliana Hospital in Turramurra. Fred and Arthur sheltered them in the Chinese Youth League premises in Dixon Street, to be cared for by the Chinese community. Arthur and his mentor Kenneth Fredrick Wong, had had a long, close and committed association with Indonesian seamen to improve their welfare and their fight for an independent Indonesia.
These instances, together with Arthur’s sustained battles to have the White Australia Policy lifted, are but a few examples of his whole-hearted dedication to the principles of ‘Humanity, Justice and Equality’. He was a man who fought for his convictions. Arthur Locke foresaw a multicultural and dynamic Australia, enjoying close ties to its nearest Asian neighbour, Indonesia, taking its place as a G20 economy, alongside China, the world’s second largest economy. Who would have thought this possible 70 years ago?
Arthur Locke was a man of vision, a man with hope.
This speech was delivered by Anthony Liem
Arthur Locke shaking hands with the Embassador of Indonesia in Australia, during the opening event of the Black Armada exhibition at the National Maritime Musuem of Australia in Sydney, last August. At the background: Anthony Liem.
MARTIN O’HARE AND ANTHONY REID – AUSTRALIA AND INDONESIA’STRUGGLE FOR INDEPENDENCE
JAN LINGARD – REFUGEES AND REBELS –INDONESIAN EXILES IN WARTIME AUSTRALIA
CHARLOTTE MARAMIS – ECHOES – CHINA.AUSTRALIA.INDONESIA
JORIS IVENS – ‘INDONESIA CALLING’ (1946 FILM ON THE BLACK BAN OF DUTCH SHIPS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR)
JOHN HUGHES – ‘INDONESIA CALLING; JORIS IVENS IN AUSTRALIA’ (2009 DOCUMENTARY )
ANNE TURNER – ARTHUR LOCKE CHANG INTERVIEW IN 1991 (NATIONAL LIBRARY)
MIKE CARLTON – INDONESIA, A REPORTER’S JOURNEY (SBS TV FEATURE)
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM - EXHIBITS ON THE CHINESE SEAMEN’S UNION AND BLACK ARMADA
NOEL BUTLIN ARCHIVES CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, CANBERRA