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 many new insights. It is an eloquent, evocative, intelligent and passionate book.

Read more: A momentum in Ivens Studies

Of late, there has been a growing interest in The Netherlands to re-examine the decolonisation of Indonesia (1945-1949), particularly the military conflict between the two countries. This seminar in Leiden, organized by Ariel Heryanto, professor at the School Culture, History and Language (The Australian National University) is called ‘Decolonializing Indonesia: The Left and Indonesia Calling’. The paper offers a preliminary analysis of the conflict and its cultural and political dimensions within a broader regional context, including Australia, The Netherlands and Indonesia. At the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies

Read more: Seminar: The Left and Indonesia Calling!

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.

Read more: Ivens Seminar about Thomas Waugh's book

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.

Read more: Indonesia Calling! at UBUD Festival, Bali

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 15 Million meters of film, 300.000 photo's, 35.000 film posters, 10.000 film books, 220.000 clippings and other documents and 1.100 cameras and other film objects. For The Netherlands his work ment the saving of an art, the saving of the Tenth Muse. The presentation of the book is on 2 September in EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam.

Read more: History of the Netherlands Filmmuseum published

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 anniversay of The Threatening Sky (Le 17e parallèle) with a conference and retrospective.

Read more: Precious gift from the Vietnamese Film Institute: Found Footage of Ivens in Vietnam

Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid is presenting a film programme called “Por un cine imposible. Documental y vanguardia en Cuba (1959-1972)” (“For an impossible cinema. Documentary and Vanguard in Cuba (1959-1972)”), from 20 June till 9 July 2016. Curator is Cuban cinema specialist Michael Chanan, with support of the Cinemateca de Cuba. The two Cuban films of Joris Ivens: Carnet de viaje y Cuba and Pueblo armado will be shown, next to films of Santiago Álvarez, Sara Gómez, Octavio Cortázar and Julio García Espinosa.

Read more: For an impossible cinema: Cuba 1959-1972

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.   

Read more: Rain in Dresden: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Eisler

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