Recently a citizen from Montpellier travelled 1200 kilometres to visit the Joris Ivens Archives in order to find his biological father. There are many reasons why people around the world consult the Ivens collection, but this is a very special and personal one. He wanted to look for his father, which he has never known and met, in Ivens’ documentary Peace Will Win (1951)
The Indonesian Diaspora Network Victoria is organizing an exhibition in the Immigration Museum in Melbourne about the international solidarity movement in Australia after the Proclamation of Indonesia's Independence, that united the communities of Indonesians, together with the local Australians, Indians and Chinese that we should celebrate. One of the activities during the weekend of 27-29th of May is the film screening of Indonesia Calling (1946) directed by Joris Ivens, which explores the refusal of ...
Why The Netherlands has so may outstanding painters and documentary filmmakers? German film historian Thomas Tode attempts – following previous authors - to provide an answer in a recent article. According to Tode it was Joris Ivens who was leading the way in depicting the elements of nature, like the famous Dutch Light, the wind or water in all its guises: rivers, rain and clouds.
After years of preparations and research, professor Zhang Tongdao (University of Beijing) and Dutch filmmaker René Seegers finalized their four-part television series about Joris Ivens. In each part of 50 minutes one of Ivens’s Chinese films is key: 1- The 400 Million (1938); 2- Before Spring (1958); 3- How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) and 4- A Tale of the Wind (1988).
In 1951 Joris Ivens met Pablo Picasso during a visit to his atelier in Vaucluses. Marion Michelle made a series of photos of them, together with poet Jacques Prévert, which are on display at the exhibition about 'Picasso: Shared and Divided' in Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 September 2021-30 January 2022). After the Second World War Picasso was 'a hero of the left' and used in this way. His dove, symbol for world peace, became a tool for propaganda in the Eastern Bloc. What do we associate with Pablo Picasso today ...
FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Ch ...
75 years ago, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. In support of the young republic Joris Ivens filmed in October and November 1945 the boycot actions of maritime workers (the Black Armada) from various nationalities in the harbour of Sydney: Indonesia Calling. On August 26th 2020 the Indonesian ambassador opened in the National Maritime Museum of Australia, situated on Sydney's waterfront, an on-line exhibition about the relationship between Austra ...
On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
The DEFA Foundation in Berlin released a new German DVD with Ivens-films in conjunction with the book Günter Jordan published about these films. DEFA already had launched a DVD with Song of the Rivers in and now presents The Wind Rose, Friendship Will Win and The Peace Cycle Tour Warsaw-Berlin-Prague 1952.
The long awaited book (in German) about Ivens and his East-German films, written by thé specialist in this field, Günter Jordan, has been published by the DEFA Foundation. This beautiful book describes in 680 pages the triumph in the 1950’s, the condemnation at the end of the 1960’s when Ivens became persona non grata in the GDR, until the resurrection of Ivens’ DEFA-films.
On 20 August Mr. H.E. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Indonesian Ambassador in Canberra, Australia, will open the exhibition ‘Black Armada / Armada Hitam’ at the National Maritime Museum in Sydney. It is about the support of the fight of independence of the young Republic of Indonesia by black banning Dutch ships in the harbour of Sydney, as presented in Ivens’ film Indonesia Calling (1946). On 31 August the Indonesian and Australian Ambassador will open the Indonesian version of this exhibition at the Benteng Independence Museum in Yogyakarta.
Mr. Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, Indonesian Ambassador in Canberra, shaking hands with Arthur Locke (92), who appears in Ivens' Indonesia Calling!, and Mr. Anthony Liem. During the opening of the exhibition on 20 August at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Langen Suka, a Javanese gamelan group provided the background music, in honour of the display of the gamelan Digul. This gamelan was brought to Australia in 1943 by the Indonesian political prisoners from Boven Digul/ Tanah Merah near Merauke in Papua.
The opening was also officiated by Peter Dexter, ANMM Chairman and Kevin Sumption, ANMM director and Chairman.
On the exhibition panel its heading is 'Indonesia Calling' and on it is: ‘Not quite everything Dutch was 'black listed'. A lone but significant figure was working with Indonesians to tell the world about their struggle- and support from Australians.Dutch film maker Joris Ivens resigned his position as Film Commissioner for the Netherlands Indies Government.’
The 1946 film of Joris Ivens in Sydney harbour about ‘the ships that didn’t sail’: the black armada, shows the start of the spontaneous actions in October and November 1945, only a few months after the declaration of independence of Indonesia by president Sukarno on 17 August. These actions involved the Australian Maritime Unions together with the Chinese and Indian seamen and lasted for many years.
In Sydney a part of the authentic gamelan Digul, featured by Joris Ivens in Indonesia Calling! in 1946, will be at the exhibit. This bonang was made from cooking utensils, tin cans and packing cases in the Boven Digul camp, a Dutch prison for political prisoners in the depths of the New Guinean jungle.
Still from Indonesia Calling! showing the dancing sequence with Indonesian, Australian, Indian and Chinese seamen, in which the Digul gamalan can be seen and herad. (C) Joris Ivens Archive / EFJI.
Improving relationships between countries
The initiative of both exhibits derive form the Indonesian Ambassador who expressed his wish that events like Ivens’ documentary Indonesia Calling! should be incorporated in the Indonesian Independence History Record. He proposed and advised a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Indonesian Independence in Yogyakarta. The exhibition is also part of the commemoration of 'Merdeka 70', the 70th aniversary of Independance Day.
He emphasizes that initiatives like above would raise awareness of past close links and provide a major opportunity to improve today’s bilateral relationships the two neighbouring countries: Indonesia and Australia.
It proofs again the importance of the Ivens’ short film, made on a crucial historical moment relating the histories of Indonesia, Australia and The Netherlands.
The exhibitions have been planned and manufactured by the Maritime Museum in Sydney and the Indonesian translation of the exhibition panels were taken care of by the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. Both exhibitions are funded by the Australian and Indonesian governments.
For more information: http://www.anmm.gov.au/blackarmada.
Castle Vredeburg, a former colonial fortress in Yogyakarta, the housing of the benteng Independance Museum of Yogyakarta, where the exhibition Black Armada / Armada Hitam is on display.