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.
The Vietnam Film Institute in Hanoi (with a sub-archive in Ho Chi Minh City) and the European Foundation Joris Ivens decided to strengthen their relationship. On March 11th Mr. Adrian Spijker, ambassador of the Ivens Foundation, visited the Vietnam Film Institute, and Mr. Dao Quoc Hung, director of this national film archive, will visit the Ivens archives in return in June. The purpose of this project is to deepen the research on the four Vietnam-films Ivens made during the second half of the 1960's: Le ciel, la terre (1966), Loin de Vietnam (1967, with Godard, Lelouch, Klein, Varda a.o.), Le dix-septieme parallele (1968, with Marceline Loridan-Ivens) and Recontre avec le président Ho Chi Minch (1970)
Deputy Director of the Vietnam Film Institute, Mr. Vu Nguyen Hung, and Mr. and mrs. A. Spijkers, the ambassador of teh Ivens Foundation, during their meeting in Hanoi.
Adrianus (Ad) Spijkers' career, dedicated to the farmers of Asia and Africa, spans over three decades. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recognized his services by according the prestigious B. R. Sen Award (2010)for his outstanding leadership in innovative interventions towards comprehensive food security in Bangladesh as the FAO Representative (2006-2011).
Ad Spijkers also served as the FAO Representative in Cambodia (1995-1999) and DR Congo (1999-2006), and since 1985 – 1995 as a programme officer in Vietnam and China (promoted there as the Deputy FAO Representative). Before joining FAO, he worked during 1970’s for the University of Nijmegen and NUFFIC (Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation) in the Hague. He was responsible for third-world matters, especially covering Vietnam, Cambodia and Mozambique. Earlier he worked in the field in Portugal.
After regular retirement (in 2011) Ad Spijkers has continued serving FAO under the retiree scheme in various advisory roles in Asia and Africa. This includes the assignments of the FAO Representative a.i. in Zambia (2012), Sudan (2013)and the United Arab Emirates, UAE (2014-15), where he also heads the FAO Sub-Regional Office for the six GCC countries. His goal was to lift the level of the FAO collaboration with the UAE to new heights.
His notable achievements include, among others, the expansion of the FAO country programme in Vietnam covering 40% of the UNDP annual country budget. There he managed around twenty large projects including the first agricultural sector review done jointly with the World Bank. In China, he inspired the farmers in adopting modern methods like Integrated Pest Management, and in fighting against illegal logging in Cambodia. In DR Congo he persuaded FAO’s ‘peace boats’ to carry food through the river Congo to the victims in the conflict zones.
Ad Spijkers pioneered, with support from USAID and other partners (like IFPRI), the successful Bangladesh Country Investment Programme (CIP) for agriculture, food security and nutrition, the first in Asia,under the US Presidential Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future).FAO Bangladesh also emerged as one of the biggest FAO operations in the world supporting the country through the global food, fuel and fertilizer crises, and in the fight against zoonotic diseases, floods, cyclones, and climate change challenges.
Even recently, he prompted overhauling of the FAO country operations, triggered intensive interactions with the government and partners, and launched investment plans and innovative programmes in Zambia, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.
He lately helped the development of the Mekong Delta Plan in Vietnam with the Netherlands Cooperation, which followed his earlier initiative for the Southern Delta of Bangladesh. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee of Humidtropics, a new CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. He also worked in Ghana and Nigeria in the recent years in different capacities. In his relentless quest for and depth of experience in sustainable food security, natural resources management and social development, he champions the principles of inclusive dialogue, people’s participation and building multidisciplinary team work, with which he continues till today scaling up FAO country and regional operations.
Ad Spijkers represented FAO in international forums in the Netherlands, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, DR Congo, France, Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zambia, Sudan, the UAE and Italy.
As a retiree consultant Ad Spijkers is based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Hanoi, Vietnam. He was born in the sandy soils of the southern Netherlands in 1949. He holds an M.A in Development Studies, Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague. He is married and blessed with two grown-up children.