The Cultural Studentcentre of the University and high-school of Amsterdam CREA has started a course `Dutch masters in documentary history`. Besides Bert Haanstra and Johan van der Keuken, Joris Ivens will be discussed in detail as well.  

The dutch masters of documentary film have placed the Netherlands on the world map since the fifties. Since then the Netherlands is well known for its documentary tradition. They had also a big influence on the development of documentary in the Netherlands. This was sooner recognized abroad than in their homeland. 

In the course they examinate the influence of these Dutch masters on Dutch documentaryfilm. Besides viewing and discussing the works of the makers, there will be also a focus on the context and the background of the filmmakers, The course takes six weeks and will continue if there are enough participants.

For more infomation take a look at the website of CREA.

Hanns Eisler made the music for 'Komsomol', among other Ivens films.

Because of the passing of the famous composer Hanns Eisler 50 years ago, the film "Regen" of Joris Ivens will be screened on 3rd October 2012 at Centraltheater Leipzig as part of the event: "Eisler I Sohn ohne Stadt- eine musikalisch-szenische Revue zum 50. Todestag von Hanns Eisler". There were ‘Hans Eissler days’ organized in Berlin ass wel. Here they also showed two films of Ivens;‘Heldenlied (Pesn o gerojach) and ‘Regen’ because Eisler composed music for these films.  

Read more: Hans Eisler passed away 50 years ago: Filmprogram in Berlin and Leipzig

Cover of The Moving Image, The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), 2013.  

Going through the files of Marion Michelle, kept by the European Foundation Joris Ivens in Nijmegen, is like reading a crime novel. Sabine Lenk, who researched these files: ‘her papers document important moments from a quintessential conflict inside the Fédération Internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF, International Federation of Film Archives). Some of the best known film archivists such as Henri Langlois, Ernest Lindgren and Jacques Ledoux, played a significant part, as well as FIAF-president Jerzy Toeplitz. The latest issue of the ‘The Moving Image’ [ISSN 1532-3978] published her article ’Then began the battle royal”, written in collaboration with André Stufkens.

In this article the conflict is reconstructed from the point of view of Marion Michelle. Being the secretary of FIAF she functioned as a catalyst of this conflict, accelerating a development inside FIAF necessary to force a club of old friends to reform and become a professionally structured and ever growing association of film archives.

Read more: Marion Michelle and the FIAF Crisis 1959-1962

Still from Loin de Vietnam / Far from Vietnam (1967)

Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York has announced the line up for 'Cinema of Resistance', a special series dedicated to films that are political in both subject and execution. Among others two films of Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens are included. One of the Highlights of this series is the North American premiere theatrical run of a new restoration of the revolutionary omnibus film Far From Vietnam (Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais, 1967)

“There are many different kinds of films that could be described as political. But this series—inspired by the new omnibus film Far From Afghanistanand the new restoration of the 1967 classic that inspired it, Far From Vietnam—calls attention to movies that are political in both content and practice,” says Director of Cinematheque Programming Dennis Lim. “These are the works of filmmakers who believe in cinema as an instrument of struggle and change. In many cases, they also remind us that radical politics goes hand in hand with radical art.”

Read more: Ivens` Cinema of Resistance in Lincoln Center, NY

The poetic documentary of Joris Ivens, about the port Valparaiso in Chile, celebrated its 50th anniversary. They celibate this with the screening of two Joris Ivens films and a film of Chris Marker. 

Eva Olthof, an artist from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, is an ‘artist in residence’ for three months in Valparaiso and she works on an artproject, influenced by Ivens and Marker. Valparaiso is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. 

The film has been made by Ivens after an invitation of Salvador Allende. The film became a filmproject for the students of the university of Santiago de Chile. With an intuitive filmstyle, Ivens created a sociological view on the hard life at and against the hills.  
The screening of …à Valparaiso took place at the 16th of May with this title: 

Read more: 50 years... AValparaiso in Valparaiso

At the 13th of April, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open again. The redesigning of the museum is already much praised. In the room of the twenties, ‘Philips radio’ of Joris Ivens will be shown permanently as an icon for modernism. Besides the paintings of Piet Mondriaan, the chairs of Gerrit Rietveld, the photographs of Man Ray and a real airplane of Frits Koolhoven, the pictures of ‘Philips Radio’ -the first sound film in the Netherlands- reveals how the country changed in a modern industrial society.

The Rijksmuseum has always been a national treasure house, which is showing art and history as one unit. That kind of presentation choked with the art pieces of the beginning of the 20th century. Because of new purchases and borrowings of the Rijksmuseum, it became possible to make a completely new setup about the 20th century. New forms of art, like photography, film and design are now just important as older art forms. Harm Stevens, curator of the 20th century exhibition: “We show films like autonomous art. So no abridgements but integral”. The decoration is sober and modest. There are no digital adornments. “The art and the materials have to tell the story. The artistic and historical standard is defined by the rest of the museum and this is very high. We choose iconic pictures and classics”. 

Read more: Ivens Philips Radio in renewed Rijksmuseum

Filmstill from I by Dieudo Hamadi, 2013

How can somebody become a filmmaker in a country without cinema? Saturday 31 March the young Congelese filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi received for his film Atalaku  the Joris Ivens Award at the 35th Cinéma du réel Filmfestival in Centre Pompidou, Paris. The Joris Ivens Award is ment for debute or second films. Hamadi made his film in Kinshasa, a city of nine million inhabitants however without cinema. He filmed the presidential campaign in 2011, which was only the second free election since the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained independence in 1960. Gaylor, a penniless (like most of Kinshasa’s nine million inhabitants) pastor turns into an atalaku, which means a “crier” in Lingala. He makes a deal with the political candidate who has offered him the highest price for his services: ensuring the campaign’s street publicity and finding musicians to write the campaign’s song. 

Atalaku could certainly not have been made by a non-Congolese, given the extent to which the filmmaker becomes one with those he films – he is sometimes summoned to film ballot-box stuffing and the teeming crowd make way for him, dimly aware that having a witness is crucial. The film is constructed so as to show the domino effect between the atalaku and those he pays down the line – musicians, salespeople, dancers – to a point of confusion as Gaylor, who preaches for a very ephemeral god, is blamed for his inability to keep the promises of others. Hamadi’s choice to continue filming two weeks after the election alllowed him to accommodate an epilogue that breaks with this occasionally violent immersion, which also gives the film its force. (Charlotte Garson)

See for an interview with Diedo Hamadi: www.telerama.fr/cinema/dieudo-hamadi-realisateur-congolais-le-documentaire-est-la-forme-la-plus-compatible-avec-mon-environnement,95386.php
See for the website of Cinéma du réel: www.cinemadureel.org/en/

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